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THE DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED & WILHELMINE GRIEPP 
& THEIR HINTZ & RATHKE KINSHIPS 



THE DESCENDANTS OF 
GOTTFRIED & WILHELMINE 

GRIEPP 

& THEIR HINTZ 

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Frank R. & Muriel H. Griepp 



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© 1980 by Frank R. Griepp and Muriel H. Griepp 

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This book is intended to be a record of all of the family 
mentioned here, many of whom have performed deeds of 
unselfish devotion for others. That most of such acts are 
unheralded is unfortunate. Let one whose deeds are now 
public information speak for the others. This book is 
therefore dedicated to the memory of 

Vern Allen Harris 

who gave his life on 15 September 1968 for the cause of 
freedom! Vern could have remained in college; instead he 
chose to enlist in a cause he believed in. His complete 
devotion is evidenced by the awards won in his less than 
eight months of military service. 



Contents 



Introduction ix 

Origin and History of the Name Griepp xix 

1 The First Generation 1 

2 The Second Generation 9 

3 The Third Generation 26 

4 The Fourth Generation 53 

5 The Fifth Generation 105 

6 The Sixth Generation 182 

Epilogue 207 

Appendix: The Related Griep Family in Germany 209 

Index 221 



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Introduction 



Sunday, 24 June 1979, 1 landed at the airport in Golnikow, a 
suburb of Stettin, Pommern, now Poland, on my pilgrimage to 
find the birthplace of my grandfather Albert Griep. In 1871, with 
his widowed mother, a sister, and brother, Albert had made the 
trip from Plathe to Stettin, a distance of about forty miles, as a 
full day's journey by horse and wagon. I made it in less than an 
hour, in a Polish-built Fiat taxi. The Polish driver seemed to 
enjoy speeding along at seventy-five miles per hour along a black- 
topped narrow road. The only stop we made was at a roadside 
market to buy fresh strawberries. 

Plathe, rechristened Ploty by the Polish administration, is a 
city of about 4,500 people. It has an ancient castle, a library, 
school, church, and a rather small business district. I met the local 
pastor and senior priest, Pfarrer Viktor Spiszniy, after mass and 
talked with him. As in previous correspondence, he assured me 
again that there were no church record books on hand, that to his 
knowledge they were lost in the war, and invited me to wander 
through the cemetery but said I would find no German graves. I 
walked up and down the cemetery paths, finding that all grave- 
stones were dated 1945 or later. On the far edges I searched 
among the weeds and did find one broken gravestone, with part 
of a German inscription. 

After a good lunch of Polish tripe soup and pork cutlet I 
hired a local taxi, hoping that the driver could find the local spots 
of historic interest. He took me to the site of another cemetery 
older than the first one, but a struggle through shoulder high 
weeds revealed only what appeared to be broken concrete founda- 
tions of tombstones. 

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x Introduction 

After a walk around the old castle overlooking the Rega 
River, I was impatient to see Wilksfreude, the little farm village a 
mile south of Plathe, where according to the facts told to his son 
Rudolph and daughter Esther, my grandfather Albert was born 
and grew to manhood. Only six houses, or small farmsteads, 
remain today. The present occupants of the one nearest to and 
bordering on the Rega River, a Polish couple aged sixty-three 
and fifty-two, offered me the hospitality of their old brick house, 
and described their life. He had been in Germany as a farm 
laborer prior to World War II, and so spoke German quite well. 
After the war and marriage, he was assigned this house and farm. 
He owned two horses, two cows, and a few pieces of horse-drawn 
machinery. He complained that the house was old and the soil 
rundown, and that no funds were made available by the Polish 
government for maintenance and repairs. The house and several 
other buildings, including the barn, surrounded a small central 
courtyard and were all built of brick; they were roofed with red 
tile, but patched with various other colors. They appeared to be 
at least 150 years old, and could not have been altered much in 
the last century, except for the introduction of electric wiring, 
which consisted simply of one wire punched through an outside 
wall and brought to the center of the living room ceiling with one 
suspended light socket. 

I walked across a small pasture to the river bank, reflecting 
on the possibility that this could be the very place where Gottfried 
and Wilhelmine had raised their family, and where Robert Hintz 
remembered herding geese on the river banks for his grandmother. 
From the same field I saw the church steeple in Plathe — no wonder 
that in all the verbal history the two towns were always spoken 
of together, as if they were almost one. 

The Polish lady of the house, equally conversant in German, 
offered to accompany me to find the nearby village of Jarchlin, 
where the family of a Johan Griep lived until 1945. En route she 
pointed out that much of the land and farms in the area had been 
part of the vast Bismarck holdings. In fact I visited the Bismarck 
family gravesite, now empty, but with a fallen, broken memorial 
stone engraved with the name Otto Bismarck. Looking around 



Introduction xi 

near Jarchlin, I found a sixty-five-year-old German lady, orphaned 
as a child, a widow before 1945, who stayed on in Pommern 
after the general flight in March of 1945, otherwise all the in- 
habitants apparently were Polish. Perhaps Anneliese Griep, whom 
I met a week later in Stuttgart, could have found for me her 
birthplace and home until she was eighteen. Her family had lived 
in Jarchlin for four to six generations. 

The earliest history of Pommern and Plathe is dimly seen in 
the wanderings of Germanic and Slavic tribes. To quote Bowker's 
encyclopedia: 

It is thought that the homeland of the Germanic peoples 
before the Roman occupation of western Europe was in southern 
Scandinavia, Denmark, and Schleswig-Holstein. Beginning in Ro- 
man times, Germanic tribes were pushing south and westward out 
of their northern homelands. Two major groups settled in the 
rolling lands on the northern flanks of the Alps. . . . Directly 
north of [these] was a farflung tribe called the Franks. . . . North 
of the Franks were the Low Germans — a term referring not to 
any inferiority of culture or social condition, but to the fact that 
they lived in lands very little elevated above sea level. The ter- 
ritory of the Low Germans, a mixed group of Saxon and Frisian 
tribes, extended from the Zuider Zee on the west, northeastward 
to the lands of the Danes, and further eastward until it impinged 
upon lands of Slavic-speaking Wends (or Sorbs) and Poles. 1 

Pommern was settled by these Wends as early as the eighth 
century. 

In 1120, Pommern was subjugated and made tributary to Duke 
Bogislav of Poland, who invited Bishop Otto of Bamberg to bring 
Christianity into the area. With the bishop also came German 
settlers. Many of them were skilled in diking the rivers and drain- 

.iQN. Smith and A. P. C. Smith, Encyclopedia of German-American 
Genealogical Research (New York: R. R. Bowker Co.). pp. 90-91. 

For a history of this area see Herman Schreiber, Teuton and Slav: The 
Struggle for Central Europe (New York: Alfred Knopf, 1965). pp. 54-82. 



xii Introduction 

ing the marshes. Thus a program of Germanization began, to be 
encouraged later by granting to any village relief from paying 
tithes if two-thirds of the inhabitants were German. Thus a stream 
oi settlers, princes, farmers, and artisans, from more crowded 
areas in the south and west, flowed into Pommern. In 1277, the 
city charter for Plathe was granted, signed at Gryphenberge. The 
Thirty Years War brought much suffering and plague to Pommern, 
plus its surrender to Sweden in 1648, in the Peace of Westphalia. 
By conquest and occupation, Sweden at that time controlled the 
mouths of Germany's three large north-flowing rivers: the Oder, 
the Elbe, and the Weser. In 1685, Pommern received an influx 
of 40,000 French Huguenots. After 1720, more religious refugees 
from Salzburg contributed to the racial mix. 

The Stettin area became a part of Prussia in 1720; in this 
action it really came under the control of a professional military 
class, made up of landowners, known as the Junkers. The Prussian 
king, Frederick William, was maintained and supported by a 
mutual understanding between the ruler and this landed gentry; 
the Junkers agreed to accept the ruler's authority and to serve in 
his army, in return for which the king allowed them to keep their 
own peasants in hereditary subjection. 

The monarchy, made up of the cousinhood of kings, a state 
church, and a land-owning aristocracy, governed and influenced 
the life of the peasant. The economy of all European countries 
rested on the labors of those who tilled the soil, working in the 
fields with tools and equipment little changed from those used in 
the Dark Ages. But it was some improvement over the old Holy 
Roman Empire, in which a village with all its inhabitants was 
owned by a nobleman, who in turn secured his living from the 
soil his serfs tilled. Freedom to leave one's village or assigned 
fields had been unthinkable. 

In the Seven Years War, 1756-1763, Plathe suffered more 
from the quartering of troops than from combat. Russian troops 
marched over the Plathe bridge, and the city became headquarters 
for six regiments of dragoons, with 7,000 horses to be fed. Armies 
fed off the land! The city records show that Plathe lost 27 horses, 
315 cattle, 391 sheep, and thousands of bushels of rye, barley, and 



Introduction xiii 

oats. There were also complaints that the consequent inflation 
brought the citizens close to starvation. In 1806, Plathe became 
booty for Napoleon, who also had led and fed his troops at the 
expense of the city on his march to Moscow in 1812.- Not much 
imagination is needed to see what such military operations meant 
to the peasant and farmer. He paid in many ways. 

The month Wilhelmine Mueller was born, October of 1813. 
Sweden, Prussia, Austria, and Russia put together a large army 
that smashed Napoleon in the Battle of Leipzig, known in Ger- 
many as the Battle of the Nations. In number of men engaged it 
was the largest battle fought until the twentieth century. In four 
days, 94,000 men were killed or wounded. The Germans were 
led by Frederick William III, who was trained by his illustrious 
uncle, Frederick the Great. This Prussian king, famous for the 
fact that by force of arms he had left his Prussia much larger 
and richer than when he became king in 1740, included the fol- 
lowing among his thoughts on warfare: 

Admit that war is cruel — what a life for the unhappy soldiers 
who receive more blows than bread, and who mostly retire with 
scars or missing limbs. The peasant is even worse off — he often 
dies of hunger. Warfare is . . . men risking their lives for the peace 
of their fellow-citizens, the support of the State, and the advantage 
of their Master. What are the tears of a few widows if the State 
has been saved by the death of those for whom they weep? The 
nobility would go to pieces if there were no wars. 2 

An 1815 map of Europe shows no country named Germany, 
only a German confederation, a very loose union of numerous 
German-language states, with the two larger ones, Austria and 
Prussia, competing for dominance. From the great victory of 
1813, Prussian fortunes fared well. Pommern, now incorporated 

2 Data from Plathe in Pommern, Die Geschichte einer Dcutschen Land- 
stadt by Arthur Grawitz, the Burgermeister of Plathe from 1915 to 1945 
(Hamburg: Martin Weichert, 1966), pp. 38-39. 

3 Nancy Mitford, Frederick the Great (London: Hamish Hamilton. 
1970), pp. 145-46. 



xiv Introduction 

into Prussia, shared in that improvement. But for the peasant his 
share was more in the nature of hard work in trying to wrest a 
living from the low-lying sandy soil, or trying to survive, for 
example, the typhus epidemic which swept through Pommern in 
1846-1848, or furnishing the soldiers for the new citizen army 
being built by Bismarck. In the period 1866 to 1870 the Bismarck 
government had planned to establish a garrison of troops in 
Plathe. But in this case the citizens successfully begged the king 
to veto this "danger to their daughters." 4 

Some geological details of the Plathe area are significant to 
this study. To quote: "Within the city borders, on this side of the 
Rega, lay the farm settlements of Wilksfreude, Hermanstal, and 
Henkenheide. Between Wilksfreude and Hermanstal lay the peat 
bog and the city forest, named Butlin. This marsh or bog was 
important, for here the townspeople had the right to dig peat." 5 
Before I had read the passage above I had asked Rudolph Griepp 
what kind of work his father had done in Plathe. He said Albert 
Griep, Sr., had spoken of digging peat or turf by day; and some- 
times at night, after having brought a drink to the guard, he had 
foraged firewood in the city-owned forest. On a 1:100,000 
map I have of this area I can easily see where Albert worked 
some of the time in his youth, and also where, in common with 
many others, he enjoyed a little poaching to keep the home fires 
burning. 

Another sidelight from the Pommern map. The grandchildren 
of August Hintz give his birthplace as Ludwig, or Ludwigs. That 
name I cannot find in Germany, but only three miles upstream 
from Wilksfreude is a little village named Ludwigshorst, literally, 
Ludwig's thicket, or eyrie. A three-mile stroll along the banks of 
the Rega River was just about right for August to court Amelia 
Griep. Romancing on the Rega! 

And that leads us to consider the church in Plathe. The original 
1277 charter designated four hufen, or hides, of land for the 
church; one hide was the amount of land needed for the support 

4 Grawitz, Plathe in Pommern, p. 42. 
'■Ibid., p. 41. 



Introduction xv 

of one family, varying from 80 to 120 acres. The first reference 
to a church building appears in 1594. But in 1612 this church 
and parsonage went up in flames. By 1617 a new church had 
been built, which with various repairs and the addition of a tower 
stood until it was replaced by the new church in 1902. That is, 
it almost stood. In 1834 it had been determined that a major 
rebuilding could no longer be delayed. The entire superstructure 
of the tower threatened to crash.'' But for the next sixty years, 
controversy raged as to whether to repair or rebuild, and mostly, 
who was to pay the cost, with inflation raising the price faster 
than the fund-raising efforts could proceed. In 1864, the tower 
began to lean to the west. The last view the Grieps had of the 
church was of the tower pointing them westward, while a costly 
but fruitless effort was being made to save the leaning tower. 

The list of pastors of the church begins with the Reformation. 
It includes a Daniel Cruger, serving from 1631 till 1658 when 
he died in the pestilence; his son Johann Cruger served from 
1660 to 1700. George Wilke became the pastor of nearby Heyde- 
breck in 1761 and also of Plathe in 1770, and from this date the 
two places were united into one parish. Wilke had fourteen chil- 
dren, and in 1792 his wife died. He remarried, but in 1802 he 
inscribed in the church book, "From this unsuccessful and unlucky 
marriage I am this date divorced." 7 One of his sons married an 
older widow who owned many lands, which were later subdivided 
and given the name of Wilksfreude, where Gottfried Griep lived. 
The last pastor the Grieps knew in Plathe was Ludwig Wetzel, 
also born in 1813, who arrived in Plathe in 1848 in the middle 
of a cholera epidemic. 

Martin Weichert, a book printer and publisher in Hamburg, 
and a personal friend, was the publisher and editor of the Plathe 
newspaper until March 1945. He tells me that the last pastor in 
Plathe, Gustav Scharf, was not able to rescue the Plathe church 
books. Once the Russian troops arrived no records were allowed 
to be removed from city or church offices; subsequently they 

6 Ibid., p. 70. 
7 Ibid., p. 78. 



xvi Introduction 

have been destroyed. He had also tried to get the birth certificates 
of his children born in Plathe, but without success. 

A school was operated by the church from 1621 to 1931, 
when the city made it a public school. The teacher during the 
years the Griep family lived in Wilksfreude was Karl Ludwig 
Hoeft. He taught the five Griep children the three Rs and the 
Lutheran catechism. Besides a small salary from the city, he 
received his support from various fees, such as singing and 
organ-playing, special fees at Christmas, and fees for burials vary- 
ing from 5 thaler for a noble to 1.1 thaler for an ordinary citizen. 
Weddings brought 5 thaler from nobility, 3 thaler from com- 
moners, but 12 thaler from tenant farmers, shepherds, colonists, 
and so-called free men to discourage marriage among these four 
classes. Prior to the freeing of the serfs in 1810, and for several 
decades thereafter, landlords had the authority to forbid the 
marriage of their tenants and the newly freed men and women. 

In Berlin, the chief librarian at the Archives of the Ewange- 
lisch Church of the Union in Berlin told me that the archives 
contain no Plathe records. In Stettin, the chief city custodian of 
records stated they have no Pommern church records. Later 
correspondence with the district archives keeper, both in Stettin 
and in Warsaw, indicated such church records do not exist today. 
Even personal family records and books were lost in the German 
flight or repatriation from Pommern. Hence, the only remaining 
sources of information are German genealogy books, published 
before World War II, and personal memories. 

My best informant is Anneliese Griep, a supervisory nurse, 
residing today in Stuttgart, Germany. Her father, Johannes Griep, 
born in 1889, still lives and is a source of information for her. 
She was born 26 May 1926, in Jarchlin, about ten miles south 
of Wiiksfreude. In March of 1945 she was employed as a youth 
worker in Cammin, on the Baltic Coast. When the Russian 
breakthrough into Pommern came, she fled westward, alone on 
her bicycle, across the Oder River, into Schleswig-Holstein. Her 
family, meanwhile, had also fled their home at Jarchlin with 
household goods they could carry on a horse-drawn wagon. At 
the Oder they were turned back by Russian troops and ordered 



Introduction xvii 

to return to their farm. They did so, but a few months later 
Polish land administrators came, informed them that Pommern 
was now Polish, and ordered them of! their farm, with whatever 
they could carry. They also went to the Schleswig area, but it 
was almost two years before Anneliese was reunited with her 
family. 

Meanwhile Anneliese, aged eighteen and completely on her 
own in a war-ravaged country, found work in a children's care 
center. She wanted a career, but securing the necessary education 
was a formidable problem. She found a way to Sweden where 
she studied nursing, then secured an appointment as an exchange 
student nurse, studying one year in Chicago and one year in 
Denver. Today she is on the staff of a large German hospital in 
Stuttgart. She has her own apartment and a monthly salary of 
2,500 DM, but with various tax and social security deductions, 
plus another apartment on the hospital grounds, her net monthly 
income is 1,500 DM, equivalent in July of 1979 to $835 per 
month. This is sufficient for her to travel extensively throughout 
Europe on a liberal leave policy, and she hopes soon to make a 
vacation trip to the United States. By correspondence and a 
personal visit, she has been very helpful in supplying information 
for this book. 

She remembers very well a family record book kept by her 
parents and grandparents, also lost in the flight from Pommern. 
The earliest date in that book was 1735, the birth date of a 
Christian Griep. According to the book, Christian had a son, 
Johan Griep, born about 1760, and Johan in turn had at least 
two sons, one Wilhelm, born about 1790. The other son she 
believes may have been Gottfried, of whom she had heard by 
name, and that he or his family, "a whole family of Grieps" had 
left for America in the early 1870s. This would be the Griep 
family who emigrated to Wisconsin in 1871 and 1873. Wilhelm 
Griep appears to have had at least four sons, one of whom was 
Anneliese's greatgrandfather. That genealogy, incomplete and 
compiled partly from interviews with Grieps in Germany and 
partly from German genealogy books, is given in the Appendix. 



Origin and History 
of the Name Griepp 

The Etymologisches Worterbuch, volume 1, the authoritative 
sourcebook for German surnames, gives the following for the 
name Griep and its variants: 

The four names, Griep(p), Griepe, Gripp, in these early forms 
refer back to gripen ( = greifen) which developed into the similar 
form von Grif, Greiff; the short form Gripp fitting well the griffin- 
like firm hold. The Pommerischen knights liked to call themselves 
after their heraldic animal, die Gripen. The source is the Middle 
Latin gryphus; its early use is in 1277 by Timmo of Gryphiswald." 1 

The Timmo above appears to be the same as the Hildebrand 
Timmo von Greifswald, the councillor at Greifenberg, who appears 
as one of the signers of the city charter of Plathe, in Pommern in 
1277. 

The same root name in middle-high German is Greif, in low 
German is Griep. 2 Another dictionary of German surnames states: 
"Griep, also Griepp, Gripp, means the 'bird Grip' the legendary 
bird of the classics, often taken as a house name in the Middle 
Ages, thus in 1266 there is a Conradus de Grip." 3 In the transition 

1 J. K. Brechenmacher, Etymologisches Worterbuch der Deutschen 
Familiennamen, vol. 1 (Glucksburg Ostsee: C. A. Starke, 1957), p. 592. 

2 Hans Bahlow, Deutsches Namenlexikon (Munchen: Keysersche Ver- 
lagsbuchhandlung, 1967), pp. 145, 184. "Ndd. ist Griep, vgl. Griepswald: 
Greifswald. Auch des Dichter Andreas Gryphius heiss eigtl. Greif" (also 
the writer Gryphius is actually named Greif). 

3 Hans Bahlow, Niederdeutsches Namenbuch (Walluf bei Weisbaden: 
M. Sandig, 1972), p. 201. See also Heintz, Die Deutsche Familiennamen 
(Berlin: Buchhandlung des Waisenhauses, 1933) p. 223. 

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xx Origin and History of the Name Griepp 

of house name to surname the position of the article also affects 
the spelling of the name. In German the article der or den precedes 
the name; in Swedish it follows the name; thus "der Grip" 
becomes "Grip den" or shortened to Gripen, which is also the 
plural form of Grip in German. 

The next occurrence of the name Griep appears a century 
later, as Grip in Sweden. Bo Jonsson Grip, known in Germany 
as Johan Griep, is listed as "The richest and mightiest man in 
the kingdom was Bo Jonsson Grip, lord of two thirds of Sweden."' 
"At the head of the great men of the Swedish realm was the 
Lord High Steward Bo Jonsson Grip. He owned more land than 
any other, over 2000 farms, but was a warm friend of the 
church."" This book also states that his name, Grip, came from 
the griffin he wore on his coat of arms. He built his home on an 
island in Lake Malaren, just off the town of Mariefred, and 
called it Gripsholm. Soon after he died, in 1386, Margaret, queen 
of all Scandinavia, came into possession of his properties. In 1472 
Sten Sture owned the island; in 1526 Gustavus Vasa claimed it 
and built a castle on it, retaining the name of Gripsholm. Today 
it is the property of the state and is a tourist attraction. 

Almost a contemporary of Jonsson Grip is Albrecht Gripe, 
who lived from about 1370 to 1430, and was a city alderman in 
Stettin. ,; 

The name Griefe appears in the genealogy of the family 
Dittman of Pommern. A Lorenz Griefe (Gryfe), son of Erasmus 
Griefe, lived in Brand, bei Freiburg, in Saxony, as a herdsman. 
He had seven children. 

Anna, baptized 3 December 1564; one of her sponsors was 

Donat Griefe, in Brand 
Elias, baptized 3 April 1567; died young 
Elias, baptized 27 August 1568 
Johannes, baptized 27 June 1572 

4 Carl Grimberg, A History of Sweden (Rock Island, 111: Augustana, 
1935), p. 85. 

• r, Vilheln Moberg, History of Swedish People, vol. 1 (New York: 
Pantheon, 1972), p. 198. 

''Deutsche Geschlechter Buck, vol. 50 (Gorlitz: C. A. Starke, 1936), 
p. 529. 



Origin and History of the Name Griepp xxi 

Anna, baptized 13 November 1575 
Catharina, baptized 1581 

George, baptized 5 November 1585; one of his sponsors was 
David Grief, of Freiberg 

Georg Griefe became a pastor and deacon in Marienberg, and 
in 1615 was installed as pastor in Frankenstein. On 22 September 
1617, in Marienberg, he married Elisabeth Kunad. In 1633, in 
the Thirty Years War, he died as a refugee in flight. 7 

A Michel Griep is listed as a poll-tax payer in the parish of 
Seefeld, Synod of Stargard, in the Residents List of HinterPom- 
mern according to the Tax Levy of 1655-1 666. s Stargard is also 
mentioned by my informant, Esther Griepp Debban, as a place 
that her father remembered as being near the residence of his 
parents, Gottfried and Wilhelmine Griep. 

A Johan Grip, from Reval, is listed as a goldsmith, in business 
in the years 1696- 1701." 

A Martin Griep is listed as a citizen of the village of Schwentz, 
near Cammin, in Pommern in 1741. 10 This Cammin is only 
eighteen miles north of Plathe. Albert Griep spoke of having 
visited it. 

A careful search of the microfiche records compiled by the 
Latter Day Saints Church, and made available to me in their 
Santa Monica and Salt Lake City libraries, brings to light about 
twenty-five families named Griep residing in Pommern, each 
family with one or more children. Full names for all are given, 
as well as birth and baptism dates of the infants. However, this 
is insufficient to trace any relationships prior to 1818 or subse- 
quent to 1873. It does list fifty Griep children, born between 
1818 and 1865. 

"Geschichte der Familie Dittmar aus Pommern, which in turn quotes 
its source as the Baptism Register of the Ew. Lutheran church at Brand- 
Erbisdord in Saxony. 

s Werner von Schulmann, Einwohnerverzeichnisse von Hinterpommcrn 
nach den Sterererhebungen von 1655-1666 (Koln, Graz: Bohlau, Verlag, 
1966), p. 49. 

9 Archiv for Sippenforschung iind alle Verwandten Gebiete, vol. 9, 
(Chicago: Newberry Library), p. 61. 

10 lbid., vol. 5, p. 209. 



xxii Origin and History of the Name Griepp 

The name Griep is still current in northern Germany. In the 
Hannover telephone directory, fourteen Grieps are listed; in 
Hamburg twenty-four are listed as Griep and four as Griepp. 

In the 25 August 1979 issue of the Pommerschen Zeitung, 
an obituary notice announced the death, on 17 July 1979, of a 
Willi Griep, aged eighty-nine, originally from Zowen, bei Plathe. 

There is no official crest for the name Griep, contrary to what 
some mail order firms may offer. However, the figure of the 
griffin, used as the official crest for the city of Plathe, and also 
for all of Pommern, is also the mythological and historical source 
of the name Griep. It is reproduced in this book. 

An explanation is in order for the current spelling of the 
family in America. Wilhelmine's tombstone in Gillett, Wisconsin, 
reads Griep. Robert Hintz's marriage certificate records his 
mother's name as Emilie Griep. The marriage certificate of Emilie's 
younger sister, Augusta, has her name as Griep and her father's 
name as F. Griep. The marriage certificate of Augusta's son, 
Albert Rathke, has his mother's name as Auguste Grieb. Au- 
gusta's gravestone reads Grepp. 

Rudolph Griepp tells me that the family name was spelled 
either with one p or two. His father's name on the deed to his 
farm purchased in 1877 reads Albert Griepp. In about 1950, 
Esther Griepp Debban wrote a short record of the Griepp family, 
and in the seventeen times she uses the family name, she spells 
it with one p nine times and with the double pp eight times. 

In conclusion, it is evident that the name was spelled either 
way in the second and third generation; from the fourth generation 
it has always been Griepp. I have not found a convincing or valid 
reason for the change; like a few other things in life, it just 
happened. 



THE DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED & WILHELM1NE GRIEPP 
& THEIR HINTZ&RATHKE KINSHIPS 



1 



The First Generation 



This book has six chapters, one for each generation. Gottfried 
and Wilhelmine Griep comprise the first generation and the first 
chapter. Their children's story is told in chapter two, grandchildren 
in chapter three. Since there are three main branches of the 
family — Griepp, Hintz, Rathke — they will always be listed in 
that alphabetical order. 

Each name listed will show the number of the generation 
right after the name, and then be followed, in parentheses, with 
the name of each forebear in the line of ascent; Christian names 
only if the surname is Griepp, surname if other than Griepp and 
using some abbreviations, as follows: 



Ab 


— Abendroth 


Mc ■ 


— McDonald 


Gl 


— Gloudemans 


Ra 


— Rathke 


Hi 


— Hintz 


Ri 


— Ritterbusch 


Kr 


— Krueger 


Gott 


— Gottfried 


Ma 


— Marquardt 







Thus, "Barbara Claire Krueger5 (Jesse Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott)" shows that Barbara is in the fifth generation, her father 
was Jesse Krueger, her grandmother was Augusta Hintz Krueger, 
her great-grandmother was Amelia Griepp Hintz, and the great- 
great-grandfather was Gottfried Griep. In a few cases the geneal- 
ogy goes back farther than Gottfried; such generations are num- 
bered -2, -3, as in the Appendix on the Griep family in Germany. 



2 DESCENDANTS OE GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

We also incorporate the fact that descent through male or 
female is equally important. The proliferation of family names is 
caused by following the line of descent through daughters as well 
as sons. We have made every attempt to find all descendants and 
antecedents, and have omitted none because by some standards 
some were or are not as distinguished as others. Occasionally 
genealogical data of interest to intermarried families has been 
discovered; this is included, but always enclosed within brack- 
ets [ ]. 

But a genealogy should be more than a neat outline of names 
in their proper order of descent. These forebears, together with 
those of present generations, possess individuality if we can see 
them in the milieu in which they did and do live. Therefore 
I shall also try to describe the geographical, social, economic, 
political, and intellectual conditions in which each generation 
lived. 

Gottfried Griep, born about 1800, and Wilhelmine Mueller, 
born 20 October 1813, were married about 1837, most likely in 
Plathe. They lived on a farm they owned in the village of Wilks- 
freude, on the west bank of the Rega River. To their union five 
children were born. 



Hermann, born ca. 1838 
Amelia, born 9 August 1840 
Augusta, born 7 August 1843 
Albert Carl, born 13 May 1849 
Ferdinand, born May 1850 

Gottfried died in his Pommern home, about 1860. 

According to his sworn statement in his petition for naturaliza- 
tion, the son Albert emigrated to the United States from Hamburg, 
Germany, on 1 October 1871 on the ship S.S. Minnesota, 
arriving in New York on 16 October 1871. According to oral 
history, his mother, Wilhelmine, his sister Augusta, and his 
younger brother, Ferdinand, came with him. 

The voyage was made possible by a loan of the fare money 
from Wilhelmine's cousin, who had earlier emigrated to Gaylord, 



The First Generation 3 

Minnesota. There was a Mueller Brothers general store in Gay- 
lord which advertised for years in the Gaylord Hub, a weekly 
newspaper, and ran its last advertisement in January 1893. 

Wilhelmine's decision to emigrate to America was a most 
significant one and vital to this book. Would that we could look 
into her mind and soul and see the dreams and visions that 
motivated her, and thousands like her, to make the great move. 

In 1841, August H. H. von Fallersleben wrote the German 
poem that includes the line "Deutschland, Deutschland, iiber alles, 
iiber alles in der Welt" (Germany, Germany, above all else, above 
all else on earth). Since he was primarily known as a poet and 
author of nursery rhymes it is no wonder that these lines became 
part of the hopes and dreams of some German people. Especially 
since the poem also contained the line giving voice to expansionary 
dreams of distant vistas: "From the Meuse to the Memel, from 
the Etsch to the Belt." This listing of waterways as German 
borders — the Meuse on the west, in eastern France, Belgium, and 
south Holland; the Memel, now Klaipeda, on the east, largely 
in Poland, Russia, and Lithuania; the Etsch on the south, which 
is the Adige River beginning high in the Austrian Alps and flowing 
into the Adriatic; the Belt on the north, which is the pair of two 
sea passages between the Danish islands and Jutland — describes 
a Germany so large that it never could exist without impinging 
on all of its neighbors. 

But equally well known to Germans, peasant and politician 
alike, are the lines of Goethe's famous poem, "Kennst du das 
Land, wo die Zitrnen bliihn . . . Dahin! Dahin! Mochte ich mit 
dir, o mein Geliebter, ziehn!" Freely translated it envisions the 
dream of every German, especially those from the cold and 
dark north, "Knowest thou the land where the lemon trees flower? 
. . . Thither, Thither! With thee, my beloved, I fain would go." 
History records the realization of these two dreams, in German 
expansionism and in German migration. 

The expansionism was effected in the nation-building era of 
the second half of the nineteenth century, under the efficient 
leadership of Bismarck. In that era, Prussia moved west to incor- 
porate Schleswig-Holstein, and south to bring the western and 



4 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

southern German principalities into the German Empire, including 
Bavaria and Alsace-Lorraine. But the dream became a passion 
for power and living space in the minds of Kaiser Wilhelm and 
his general staff in World War I. The armistice that terminated 
that nightmare was considered a mere halt by the smoldering, 
insane obsession of Hitler, who by military conquest extended 
the borders in all directions, far beyond the dream of Fallers- 
leben. However, the consequent curtailment in 1945 reduced 
Germany to the size that it had prior to Bismarck's influence. 1 

But the original poetic dream was more peacefully and effec- 
tively realized in the minds and by the feet of individual Germans; 
they emigrated to more spacious lands — a number to South 
America, but millions more to the United States. The following 
table shows the breakdown by decades of Germans who came 
to the U.S. 



Decade 


No 


. of Germans 
to U.S. 


1851-60 




951,667 


1861-70 




787,468 


1871-80 




718,182 


1881-90 




1,452,970 2 



From 1860 to 1900 Germans made up over 30 percent of the 
foreign-born population of the United States. In the century 
1814-1914, 5,300,000 Germans came to the United States. 3 

What were the reasons for this massive migration? Consider- 
ing the facts that all of Germany is north of the 47th parallel 
of latitude; that all of the United States, except Alaska and Lake 
of the Woods peninsula, is south of the 49th parallel; that the 

Prussia 1860, 87,000 sq. mi. 

1871, 135,000 sq. mi. 

Germany 1933, 181,000 sq. mi. 

1939, 225,000 sq. mi. 

West Germany 1945, 96,000 sq. mi. 

For comparison, Oregon has 97,000 sq. mi., Texas has 267,000 sq. mi. 
2 J. C. Neagles, Locating Your Immigrant Ancestors (Logan, UT: Ever- 
ton Publishers, 1975), p. 18. 

•'Carl Wittke, We Who Built America (Cleveland: Western Reserve 
University Press, 1964), p. 186. 



The First Generation 5 

54th parallel runs through central Pommern and that Milwaukee, 
Wisconsin, is on the 43rd parallel and therefore 750 miles farther 
south one could state that the Germans came south for climatic 
reasons, until one discovers that the mean temperature of Berlin 
is 48 degrees Fahrenheit and that of Milwaukee is 45 degrees. 
No, for those who came to the north central states it was not a 
warmer climate! 

The easy possibility of land ownership, thus the opportunity 
for the individual to expand his environs, was no doubt a far 
more important reason for migration to America. Of course the 
contrast in population density of 123 per square mile in Pom- 
mern in 1871 against 11 per square mile in the United States in 
1870 helped to make that ownership possible. It was also true 
that in Pommern and Prussia the landed gentry often owned 
estates, or farms, of over 2,500 acres, with the land being worked 
by seasonal, itinerant laborers who in turn had little hope of ever 
owning land. For example, Bismarck bought the large estate of 
Varzin in Pommern for 400,000 thaler, and put up a paper mill 
and a distillery. He also became a dike reeve of the Elbe river, 
in order to protect his extensive holdings from flooding. 

In contrast, the United States government had vast areas of 
virgin land and was anxious to dispose of it. Much of it was 
given to settlers under the Homestead Act of 1862 and its 
various revisions, which made it easier to dispose of the less 
desirable tracts. 

Another reason for the German migration was political. "Kein 
Koenig dort" was the answer given by German immigrants when 
asked what they expected to find in America. 4 What they left 
behind was equally important; they looked for a land with no 
king. It was not government they rejected, but the concept that 
the citizen had no voice in the decisions of his prince, or of the 
king, and after January 1871 of an even greater potentate, the 
Kaiser. In crossing the Atlantic the emigrants forever cut them- 
selves off from the Fatherland. "Emigrated to America, never 

4 M. L. Hansen, The Atlantic Migration, 1607-1860 (New York: Harper, 
1961), p. 147. Literal translation: "No king there." 



6 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

heard from again" is the pertinent phrase very often seen in 
German genealogies. 

Some official attempts were made to discourage emigration. 
In Prussia, a law of 1820 had made it a crime to urge anyone 
to emigrate. 5 An 1845 law prohibited the reading in public of 
any letter or paper that directly or indirectly proposed emigration. 
Nevertheless, German emigrant newspapers were published to 
answer questions emigrants might have about fares and economic 
conditions in America such as wages, and price and availability 
of land. To cite three: Allgemeine Auswanderungs Zeitung 
(Rudolstadt, 1846-1871), Deutsche Auswanderer Zeitung (Bre- 
men, 1852-1875), Der Emigrant (Bremen, 1868). Bremen was 
the thriving port city of Pommern; Rudolstadt is within thirty 
miles of Luther's university town of Erfurt. Almost everyone 
could read this material; the percentage of illiterate recruits in 
Bismarck's army ranged from none to 9.75 percent; the rate in 
Pommern was less than 1 percent. Luther's emphasis on every- 
one's being able to read the Bible helped to promote this high 
literacy rate. 

On the other hand, a semiofficial attempt from Prussia was 
made to influence the many German communities in America to 
found an all-German state or a German political party. Such 
sentiments were quietly laid to rest by Carl Schurz's famous 
statement, "Es gibt in dieser Republik keine deutsche Politik." 6 
Most German immigrants agreed with Schurz and rejected the 
idea of any German party or policy. They wanted to be Ameri- 
cans, with democratic ideals and policies. 

Was the German emigration motivated by a desire for religious 
freedom? For the most part, no. Those from Pommern brought 
with them the German Lutheran church; others just as faithfully 
brought the German Catholic church, leaving behind only the 
concept of a state church. But the fact that by 1906 there were 
twenty-four different Lutheran denominations in the United States 

5 Ibid., p. 170. 

6 Wittke, We Who Built America, p. 195. Literal translation: "There is 
in this republic no German politics." 



The First Generation 7 

and that the individuals listed in this book represent practically 
every religious body in America indicate they did favor religious 
diversity and wanted the privilege of choosing their own religion 
and church. 

The Old Lutheran emigration to the United States, however, 
in the period 1839-1843, is a clear case of emigration for religious 
reasons, and one that has a bearing on members of this family. 
In 1817, on the 300th anniversary of the Reformation, the 
Prussian king, Friedrich Wilhelm I, proposed that the Reformed 
Church and the Lutheran Church unite to form one body, to be 
called the Ewangelisch Church. The great majority of both Re- 
formed and Lutheran clergy and people complied, but a small 
group of Lutherans from Silesia and Pommern felt this union 
constituted a denial of basic Lutheran doctrine. Their separatism 
being opposed by the government, they joined with a Revivalist 
movement in Pommern, and, actually aided by some persecution 
from the state, they began to coalesce into a group known as 
Old Lutherans. Eventually this group saw no future for them- 
selves in Germany and began to promote migration to a freer 
land. Groups led by pastors went to Buffalo, New York, and on 
to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 7 

A large group was led by L. F. E. Krause, pastor of the 
Trinity Lutheran Church of Freistadt, Ozaukee County, Wiscon- 
sin. 8 Closely allied with him, and a member of the Old Lutherans 
also, was Gustav Adolf Kinderman, who had been an Old Luther- 
an pastor in Cammin, Pommern. 9 He was regarded as "Chief of 
the Separatists," was frequently arrested by the police, and led a 
group of 1,017 Pommern emigrants to Milwaukee, in 1843. Here 
he founded and pastored the Kirchhayn church. This was the 
parish church of the Henke family, whose daughter Anna mar- 
ried Albert Griepp, my grandfather. 

7 For a detailed story of this movement and migration, see Old Lutheran 
Emigration from Pomerania to the U.S.A. by Lieselotte Clemens, (Kiel, 
Germany: Pomeranian Society, Hamburg & Pommern Foundation, 1976). 

8 "The Chronicle of Rev. L. F. E. Krause" translated by Roy Suelflow, 
1979. Trinity Lutheran Church of Freistadt. 

9 Clemens, Old Lutheran Emigration, pp. 72-77. 



8 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Wilhelmine made a home for her two sons and daughter for 
a few years in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Her daughter Augusta left 
home in February 1873, when she married the widower Carl 
Rathke. Son Albert evidently made his home with her until his 
marriage in February of 1877. Son Ferdinand may have left home 
earlier to follow the railroad construction crews. The 1880 federal 
census listed Wilhelmine as the head of a household, but alone 
except for Bertha Rathke, the ten-year-old daughter of her son- 
in-law Carl Rathke and his first wife Christine. Sometime in that 
decade she moved to Bonduel, to be nearer her son Albert. She 
lived in a house just east of the Bonduel Lutheran church; her 
grandchildren Emma and Frank Griepp, Sr., stayed with her 
while attending parochial school, in 1886-1888. Soon after, she 
made her home with her eldest daughter, Amelia Hintz, where 
she died on 27 March 1890. She is buried in the Lutheran 
cemetery three miles northwest of Gillett, Wisconsin. Her grave- 
stone, almost illegible, but with the aid of a rubbing, reads as 
follows : 

Sie ruht in Gott She rests in God 

WILHELMINE WILHELMINE 

GRIEP GRIEP 

geboren Mueller born Mueller 

geb. den born the 

20 Oct 1813 20 Oct 1813 

gest. den died the 

27 Marz 1890 27 March 1890 

Underneath the inscription above is a five-line German poem, 
which freely translates into this tribute to her life's labor as a 
homemaker: 



Happily you met death 

On your way to Heaven 

That last view of home is recompensed 

To you by the Father's gift of a house 

For you to keep with angelic skill. 



The Second Generation 



The year was 1848; Amelia and Augusta Griep were aged 
eight and five, respectively, but their future lay not in Europe, 
then going through one of its greatest political convulsions, and 
specifically in Germany, where the fight for political freedom 
was bravely but vainly fought. Rather their future beckoned to 
them from across the sea, from a virgin territory, an area of 
56,154 square miles between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi 
River, an area as large as England, but with a population of 
only 211,000, which had just become the state of Wisconsin. 

More than a score of years were to pass before the sisters, 
plus their two younger brothers, arrived in Wisconsin, there to 
play their part in the second generation of this family and to 
cast the mold from which the next generation springs. To visualize 
these progenitors and the culture in which they lived let me list 
some of the bare facts of this time of 1870 to 1899. Each event 
had some bearing on their lives. 

Just prior to 1870, the Oliver chilled-iron plow and the spring- 
tooth harrow had been invented, followed by a ten-horse-powered 
thresher in 1870. In 1871, the German Empire was established, 
and the city of Shawano, as a county seat in Wisconsin, was 
incorporated. In 1872, William Hoard organized the Wisconsin 
Dairymen's Association, and Montgomery Ward began to operate 
its mail order house, followed by the first Sears Roebuck catalog 
in 1892. The first automobile, the Spark, was built by J. W. 
Carhart in 1873; the same year also brought a financial panic. 



10 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

The grain drill was invented in 1874, plus barbed wire, in De Kalb, 
Illinois. In 1875, Louis Pranz, a Prussian immigrant, introduced 
Christmas cards to the United States. The first public school in 
Cecil, Wisconsin, was started in 1876, but there were less than 
27,000 college students in the nation. In 1877, migratory farm 
workers earned nine to thirteen dollars per week of thirteen-hour 
days, but the average wage in the north central states was less 
than twenty-one dollars per month. 1 Milwaukee brewery employees 
were on the high side of the pay scale, earning forty to fifty 
dollars per month. The first automobile race in the nation, in 
1878, was run from Green Bay to Madison; average speed was 
six miles per hour. 

In the year that Albert Griepp's first son was born, in 1879, 
Henry George published his book Progress and Poverty. He 
proposed a single tax on all land, based on its most efficient use, 
arguing that such a tax would produce prosperity by taxing land 
into maximum productivity. Though the book became a best- 
seller it is not so likely that farmers like Albert Griepp or Carl 
Rathke ever had time to read it, but they certainly did their 
utmost to clear land and make that land productive. They evi- 
dently made it pay, as well as support large families. It is also true 
that the large families provided the hands to work the land. To 
pay their property taxes, they sold corn. Corn sold that year for 
a half to a whole dollar a bushel; hogs sold for five to ten dollars 
per hundredweight. In 1880, the grain binder was invented; the 
nation's population now averaged fourteen persons per square 
mile. 

North of a line drawn east to west across Wisconsin, from 
the southern edge of Lake Winnebago to the site of the city of 
Hudson, the state was heavily forested, with the pine varieties 
averaging 60 percent of the trees. This then was Wisconsin's 
prime resource; the marketing of that timber placed Wisconsin 
first among all the states in lumber production for the years 1899 

a F. A. Shannon, The Centennial Years (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 
1967), p. 191. 



The Second Generation 1 1 

to 1904.- The year 1899 saw 3,389,000,000 board feet sawed. 
Along the Wolf River, in 1874, 205,000,000 board feet were 
cut. Down the Menominee River floated a half billion board feet 
in the peak year of 1881. 3 

Practically all of this family, in the second and third genera- 
tions, participated in or were in some measure affected by this 
harvest. Some in the building of railroads to haul the lumber 
or as farmers in cutting their own trees and sawing the lumber 
to build houses and barns and at the same time breaking the 
forest land to the plow; some like the Hintz brothers and brother- 
in-law Krueger, buying and selling timber land and operating 
their own saw and planing mills. Others worked as swampers, 
scalers, log-drivers, teamsters, sawyers, cooks, millwrights, build- 
ers, employees of paper mills, and furniture makers. Both Gust 
and Art Griepp shipped Wisconsin lumber in their immigrant cars 
to South Dakota for building their homes on the prairie. 

It is popular now to refer to that era as that in which the 
robber lumber barons devastated Wisconsin forests. But it is also 
true that such critics and their families were happy to occupy 
the houses which that lumber built, and to consume the food, 
primarily dairy and beef, raised on the farms that replaced the 
forests. The twenty-nine northern counties, which include Sha- 
wano and Oconto counties, compose a large share of the state's 
dairy industry. Recently I stood on the front porch of the Marcus 
Griepp home on Lime Kiln Hill and within that vista counted 
over one hundred of those huge fifty- to sixty-feet tall silos which 
replaced the tall trees as landmarks, and which are the food 
processors for dairy and beef cattle. A drive through beautiful 
northern Wisconsin today reveals that the state is still green with 
trees and busy with lumber and pulp production. 

A few more data to give the proper flavor! In 1890, Stephen 

2 J. W. Hurst, Law and Economic Growth of the Lumber Industry 
(Cambridge, MA.: Belknap Press, Harvard Univ., 1964). 

3 W. F. Raney, Wisconsin (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 
1940), ch. 11. 



12 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Babcock invented a method to measure butterfat; in 1892, the 
silo was introduced; and in 1883, William Horlick invented 
malted milk. 

What thoughts and emotions filled the minds of this family 
group as they entered New York harbor? There was no Statue 
of Liberty to welcome them; that lady lifting her "lamp beside 
the golden door" was not erected until 1876, five years later. 
Instead they must have seen on the Manhattan skyline the Trinity 
Church with its tall spire, and on the Brooklyn skyline that much- 
talked-about tower being built for one anchor end of the Brooklyn 
Bridge. In October 1871, it had reached a height of 70 feet, about 
190 feet above the East River level. They could hardly have 
failed to have heard of this greatest engineering marvel of their 
world and time, especially since it was designed and being built 
by a German immigrant, John Augustus Roebling. Did this scene 
elevate their vision just enough to dream that in this new land 
of opportunity they or their descendants could build for them- 
selves a lofty, yet solid and secure future? 

Their first footsteps on American soil were at West Battery, 
an artillery post built in 1811, with eight-foot-thick walls, to 
protect New York harbor. It stood on some rocks just off the 
tip of Manhattan. After the War of 1812, it was ceded to the 
city of New York, renamed Castle Gardens, and became the 
scene of noted public events. Here Lafayette was welcomed in 
1824 and Louis Kossuth in 1851; Jenny Lind made her American 
debut there in 1850. In 1855 it was converted to the nation's 
chief immigrant station, and the Griepps become just a few of 
the almost eight million aliens who entered the United States 
through this station from 1855 to 1890. Here they also experi- 
enced their first American tax, a head tax collected by the city 
of New York from each alien to pay for the operation of the 
receiving station. This tax was declared unconstitutional in 1876, 
and eventually the immigrant station was transferred to Ellis 
Island. Castle Gardens served as the New York Aquarium from 
1896 to 1941. Since 1946, it has been designated a National 



The Second Generation 1 3 

Historic Monument; one can visit it today as part of the filled-in 
land known as Battery Park. 

Herman Griep2 (Gottfried) was born about 1838, at Plathe, 
Pommern. He served in the Franco-Prussian War. Shortly after 
his discharge in 1871, he was working as a drayman and died 
in an accident unloading heavy barrels from the dray wagon. 

Albert Carl Gottfried Griepp2 (Gottfried) was born in 
the town of Wilksfreude, near Plathe, Pommern, on 13 May 
1849. In 1859, when he was ten, compulsory military service 
was introduced in Prussia, requiring three to four years of train- 
ing and active duty, followed by another three to four years' 
service in the reserves. There was no escape from the required 
registration nor from rigorous service in the standing army. Twice 
in his teens Albert heard of the army being in actual combat — 
in 1864 against Denmark, and in 1866 against Austria; both 
wars also called reserves to rejoin their units. Such was the 
efficiency of Prussian staff work that a reservist could have his 
recall delivered to his home by the police, and within forty-eight 
hours find himself in uniform, with field equipment, on a troop 
train headed for the border and combat. Three months after his 
twenty-first birthday, Albert was called up for the Franco-Prussian 
War, but failed the entrance physical examination because of 
flat feet. Before that short but bloody war was over, however, 
recruits in poorer physical condition were being called up; I 
think that's when he agreed it was time to leave Prussia. He may 
never have read Hegel's statement on America, "It is a land of 
hope for all who are wearied of the historic armory of old 
Europe," but he believed it. 

Albert emigrated through Stettin, via Hamburg, to England, 
then from Liverpool to New York. In his initial application for 
citizenship, filed in Shawano County on 1 November 1880, he 
stated that he had landed at the port of New York in October 
1871. In his final petition for naturalization, filed in Shawano 
County on 17 September 1913, he stated that he emigrated from 



14 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Hamburg, Germany, on 1 October 1871, and arrived in New 
York on the vessel Minnesota, and that he had resided con- 
tinuously in the United States since 16 October 1871, and in 
Wisconsin since 4 November 1871. 

We have checked all the microfilmed passenger lists of the 
S.S. Minnesota for the years 1871 and 1872. In those two years 
the Minnesota made sixteen round trips between Liverpool and 
New York, primarily bringing immigrants to New York. The 
average time for each round trip was forty-three days. We also 
checked the passenger lists of all ships arriving at New York 
from Liverpool in 1871. Wilhelmine Griep and her sons and 
daughter do not appear on any of those microfilmed lists. But 
the Minnesota did dock at New York on 2 October 1871. Albert 
often told his family that both he and his brother had worked 
with the Irish crew en route and that that was how he had 
learned the English language. Crew members were not listed on 
the required passenger lists. Therefore, I conclude that Albert, 
possibly also his sister Augusta and brother Ferdinand, signed 
on as a crew member of the ship, and included Wilhelmine as a 
member of the family. Allowing for forty-three years of erosion 
on a man's memory, Albert's statement made in 1913, cited 
above, may easily be adjusted to mean that he arrived in New 
York on 2 October 1871, the official date of the Minnesota's 
docking that is nearest to the dates listed in his citizenship 
applications. 

After processing at Castle Gardens, he traveled by rail and 
lake boat to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He soon found work in 
Cedarburg, Wisconsin, splitting cordwood and railroad ties, and 
then worked in railroad construction, most likely on the line from 
Milwaukee to Fond du Lac, which was built in 1872-73, as a 
competing line to the Milwaukee-Green Bay line which had been 
built earlier. 

On 11 February 1877 Albert married Anna Ernestina Ruth 
Henke, born 10 July 1854, at Kirchhayn, Washington County, 
Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry Henke, born 3 March 1825, 
Damgarten, Germany, and Wilhelmine Graunke Woldt, born 5 
March 1820 in Pribbernow, Pommern. 



The Second Generation 1 5 

[Among a group of 1,600 Old Lutheran believers, 1,017 from 
Pommern, emigrating to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1843, to found 
the church at Kirchhayn, was this family of three: Johann 
Friedrich Woldt, born 4 June 1812; his wife Wilhelmine Fried- 
ricke nee Graunke, born 5 March 1820, the daughter of Johan 
Graunke, born 24 June 1778, and his wife Maria nee Flensling, 
born 11 May 1789; and their ten-month-old son, Herman 
Friedrich August Woldt, born 15 May 1842. 4 The leader of this 
group, who also performed the wedding ceremony for Johann 
and Wilhelmine Woldt on 29 December 1840, was Pastor Gustav 
A. Kindermann. 

At Kirchhayn Johann and Wilhelmine Woldt had another son, 
Albert Julius Ferdinand Woldt, born 4 September 1847. Johann 
died on 2 September 1850, leaving his widow and four children. 
On 23 October 1851 his widow married Heinrich Wilhelm 
Henke. One of their eight daughters was Anna, my grandmother.]'' 

Anna Henke grew up on her father's farm, and received her 
education, all in the German language, in a parochial school. The 
young men of the church could and did attend classes to learn 
English, but this was denied to girls. Determined to learn, she 
found employment as a maid in some of the older homes in 
Milwaukee and in that way learned both to speak and read 
English. 

According to a deed recorded in Shawano County, on 7 May 
1877, Albert purchased an eighty-acre farm from Charles and 
Julia Upham, for the sum of $1300, paying $500 cash, and 
giving a note for the remaining $800. The entire farm, less one 
acre of clearing, was covered with hardwood timber. The young 
couple settled in with a neighbor until they could build a thirty- 
by-twenty-foot cabin. A Swedish immigrant in Wisconsin, G. 
Unonius, tells of building such a log cabin. With the logs on 

4 Wilhelm Iwan, in Die altlutherishe Auswanderung um die Mitte des 
19 Jahrhunderts, Ludwigsburg, Germany, 1943, lists all three. 

5 Vital statistics in these two paragraphs were transcribed from the 
church books of the David Star Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Synod, 
Kirchhayn, Wisconsin. But for verbal history, the name Graunke could 
also be read as Gramke. 



16 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

the site, he with twenty-two men put up a log house, twelve-by- 
twenty-two feet, eighteen feet high, in one day.' ; The first winter, 
Albert worked in the lumber camps to earn enough cash to buy a 
yoke of oxen, for about sixty dollars, and two cows. 

The illustrated Atlas of Shawano County, published in 1898, 
describes the land from which Albert, and his sons after him, 
wrested a living, as follows: 

A range of hills composed of sandstone and granite, trending 
from northwest to southeast, break the surface of the western 
towns. Much of this section is covered with well-worn boulders, 
and whenever found, the soil is rich and of enduring quality. 
Outcroppings of cliff limestone abound in the southeast; the bold 
bluff about four miles east of the city of Shawano, known as 
Lime Kiln Hill, being the conspicuous northern or northwestern 
limit. 

Twenty years before this Atlas was published, Albert discovered 
that the soil was indeed hard to find underneath the boulders. 
Wrestling with this almost insurmountable task, he remembered 
something he had seen when working on that Fond du Lac rail- 
road construction. He went back there, to the lime kilns where 
those boulders and limestone cliffs were being burned to make 
the lime used for masonry mortar, and learned how to build and 
operate such a kiln. Knowing he had enough rock to last a 
lifetime and enough hardwood timber for fuel, he built a kiln 
right in the middle of the boulder-covered farm. For about a 
score of years the arduous task of cutting wood fuel in the win- 
ters, gathering the stones and rock in the summers, firing the 
kiln, and selling the lime to builders so eager to buy that they 
hauled it away still hot occupied the time of Albert, and in later 
years, his older sons. His oldest son, my father, told of how the 
job was done; first he filled the kiln fire-box to a depth of several 
feet with hardwood, then filled it to the top of the twenty-foot-tall 
kiln with rock, and then started and kept the fire burning for 

G D. B. Greenberg, Land That Our Fathers Plowed (Norman: University 
of Oklahoma Press, 1969), pp. 143-44. 



The Second Generation \ 7 

seventy-two hours, then let the fire burn out, then measured the 
lime, now powdered, with a half-bushel steel container into the 
buyers' waiting wagon boxes; and then started the process all 
over again. The lime sold for $1.50 to $2.00 a barrel. His business 
was listed in the Atlas mentioned above and he suffered the 
indignity of having his name misspelled as Gripp. The old kiln 
can still be found, three miles southeast of Bonduel, Wisconsin, 
fallen in and surrounded by leftover rock piles. 

In 1894, Albert built a new two-story house, faced with 
yellow brick, the same color brick that his brother-in-law, August 
Hintz, was making in Hintztown. It appears quite likely that 
he bought the Hintz brick and paid for them with Griepp lime. 
The hauling distance was about twenty miles. In 1978 the farm 
was broken up; forty acres was sold to one neighbor, thirty-two 
acres to another, and the house and other buildings with eight 
acres was purchased by a young Polish schoolteacher, who was 
busy in 1979 replacing some of the deteriorating windows, one 
damaged corner, and the front porch, being careful to restore 
everything to its original color and style. 

In the winter of 1897-98 Albert purchased eighty acres of 
timberland near Howie, which he and son Frank and daughter 
Wilhelmine, as cook, lumbered off; he sold part of it for $500 
cash and hauled the balance of about twenty wagon loads home 
to build a new barn. Several years earlier he had become im- 
patient with oxen, and borrowed money from his father-in-law 
to buy the first team of horses in the neighborhood. In 1914 he 
also built a red tile block silo, one of the first in the area. 

To Albert and Anna, in the original log house, were born 
eleven children. The first one was born the same year that a 
scarlet fever epidemic was raging in the Bonduel area, taking the 
lives of twelve children. The two last children were born in the 
new brick house. 



Emma M. L., born 7 February 1878 
Frank Wilhelm August, born 17 January 1879 
Wilhelmine A. M., born 20 September 1880 
Louise M. W., born 21 January 1882 



18 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Edwin Henry Emil, born 22 September 1883; died 20 April 

1896 
Albert Robert R., born 30 November 1884 
Gustave H. H., born 17 January 1887 
Elsie Augusta Johanna, born 14 October 1888 
Arthur John Ernest, born 13 April 1890 
Anna Ruth, born 1 December 1891 
Rudolph August, born 6 November 1893 
Esther Johanna, born 10 October 1895 
Elfie Bertha Helen, born 30 May 1898; died 30 November 

1898 



Albert was a lifelong member of the German Lutheran Church 
in Bonduel, Wisconsin. All of the children were christened there 
and received also a good part of their education in its parochial 
school. All services then were conducted in the German language. 
The congregation had built a new house of worship in 1879, 
costing $2,000. Heinrich Rathjen was the pastor in the years 
1888-1911. 

The 1880 census, taken by enumerator Henry Luecke, of 
the township of Hartland, lists Albert Griepp, aged thirty-one, 
born in Prussia; his wife Anna, aged twenty-five, born in Wis- 
consin of Prussian parents; their daughter Emma, aged two, and 
son Frank, aged one. The Wisconsin 1895 census lists fifteen 
people in the Albert Griepp household — nine male, six female, 
with eleven U.S. born and four born in Germany. This census 
gives only the names of heads of households, but it also gives 
the total population of the township as 1,442, with a militia 
strength of 249. The 1900 federal census lists ten names in the 
household; Emma was already married, Frank was working for 
the Hintzs, and Wilhelmine was working in Appleton. 

Albert and Anna operated their farm, plus another forty acres 
a mile south, for almost forty years. The farm is located three 
miles southeast of Bonduel, on Highway 29. The brick house, 
red tile silo, and barn still stand. Albert died 21 December 1921, 
of a stroke. His will, filed in Shawano County, left his estate to 
his widow and, after her demise, to nine children or their heirs, 
which amounted to varying amounts from $2,000 or under (a 



The Second Generation 1 9 

total of $14,000) plus any residue, of which there was a small 
amount, to all the children equally. Anna, his widow, lived in 
her apartment in the farm home until just prior to her death on 
1 May 1933. They are both buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, 
Shawano, Wisconsin. 

Ferdinand (Fred) Griepp2 (Gottfried) was born in May 
of 1850, at Plathe, Pommern, Germany. He emigrated to Cedar- 
burg, Wisconsin, with his brother Albert in October 1871. He 
was evidently near Bonduel, Wisconsin, in 1878, as he was a 
sponsor at the baptism of his niece, Emma Griepp. He worked 
in railroad construction most of his life, and was a section boss 
on the Elgin, Joliet, and Eastern Railroad. In 1894, at Monroe, 
Indiana, he married the widow Mary Margaret Rowe Lugin, who 
was born in 1861. [Mary and her first husband Lugin had a 
son, Miles Lugin, born in June, 1880.] Ferdinand and Mary had 
a son, born in Brisbain, Will County, Illinois. 

Elmer Edwin, born 30 October 1895 

The birth certificate, a copy of which I have, gives the name of 
the mother as Mary Margaret Rowe Gripp and the father's name 
as Ferdinand Gripp. 

In the 1900 census, Fred and his wife, Mary, sons, Miles and 
Elmer, and three boarders are listed as living in New Lennox, 
Illinois. Esther Debban remembers that this Elmer, her cousin, 
and his mother, Mary, visited her in 1915. 

Ferdinand died in or near New Lennox, Illinois in a railroad 
accident, in November 1908. His brother Albert went to New 
Lennox for the funeral, but arrived one day too late. That era's 
attitude toward such tragic accidents is shown in these facts: 
Between 1890 and 1917, 72,000 railroad employees were killed 
in trains and on tracks; 158,000 were killed in the repair shops 
and roundhouses, a total of 230,000 men. A search through the 
files of the Joliet, Illinois, newspapers for the period of Ferdinand's 
death found no story of any railroad accident. The reply to my 
inquiry to the Federal Railroad Administration stated, "Railroad 



20 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

accidents were not formally investigated by the Federal govern- 
ment prior to the Accidents Reports Act of 6 May 1910." [The 
last record I have of his widow, Mary, and her son Miles is in 
the office of the Register of Deeds, Will County, showing Mary 
as the grantor of two pieces of land to her son Miles, for the 
sum of $1000 on 23 January 1920.] 

Amelia Griepp2 (Gottfried) was born in Plathe, Pommern, 
Kreis Naugard, on 9 August 1840. She married John Frederick 
August Hintz, about 1861, in Prussia. August Hintz was born 13 
March 1837, in Ludwig, Germany. According to family tradition 
he was the second son of a Baron David von Hintz, who owned 
land in Saxony. I find no record of any Hintz in the Deutsches 
Adelsarchiv (Comprehensive volumes of German nobility), but 
the name occurs in a large family listing in the Deutsches 
Geschlechier Buck, vol. 145, pages 69-77, but I am unable to 
trace a connection. Amelia and August had seven children, the 
first four born in Germany. 

Robert August Hintz, born 3 March 1862, Plathe, Germany 
Ferdinand (Fredman) Hintz, born 27 September 1865, Prussia 
Augusta Amelia Hintz, born 4 September 1870, Prussia 
Frank John Hintz, born 14 February 1873, Prussia 
Charles Theodore Hintz, born 28 July 1878, Cedarburg, 

Wisconsin 
Gustave Albert Hintz, born 28 February 1880, Bonduel, 

Wisconsin 
Edward (Edwin) Hintz, born 1 April 1882, Gillett, Wisconsin 

On his declaration of intention to become a United States 
citizen, signed on 27 February 1918, August states that he emi- 
grated with his wife Amelia to the United States, from Hamburg, 
Germany, and that they arrived at the port of New York on 23 
April 1873. They settled in Cedarburg, Wisconsin where the 
Wisconsin State Census, taken on 1 June 1875, lists an August 
Hintz as head of household. August worked in a brick yard and 
learned how to make bricks. Sometime before 1880 the family 
made the move to Oconto County, where August bought his first 
land to satisfy his dream of owning land, a privilege denied him 
in Germany, where he could not inherit land because he was not 
the firstborn. At the far end of the farm he found the same type 



The Second Generation 2 1 

of clay he had worked with in Cedarburg, so he established his 
own brick yard. He also drove the stagecoach between Shawano 
and Oconto. He was known as a musician, and played several 
instruments. En route across the Atlantic he had met a Mr. 
Wurlitzer, and is reported to have refused the offer to go into 
the business of importing musical instruments with him. One of 
his descendants states that he was not an avid farmer, but that 
the farm work was managed by Amelia and the children. But an 
indication of the range of his activities is an old bill of sale, 
showing he sold a threshing machine to his son Ferdinand for 
$135 in 1889. 

The 1880 federal census, Oconto County, Gillett township, 
lists the family as follows: 



Name 


Sex 


Relation 


Age 


Birthplace 


August Hintz 


M 


Head of hsh 


43 


Prussia 


Amelia Hintz 


F 


Wife 


39 


Prussia 


Fredman Hintz 


M 


Son 


15 


Prussia 


Augusta Hintz 


F 


Dau. 


9 


Prussia 


Frank Hintz 


M 


Son 


7 


Prussia 


Theo Hintz 


M 


Son 


1 


Wisconsin 


Gustaff Hintz 


M 


Son 


3 mo. 


Wisconsin 



The oldest son, Robert, had evidently already left home. 

Amelia died 2 December 1922, at the home of her daughter, 
Mrs. W. F. Krueger. August had died a year earlier, 24 December 
1921. Both are buried in the Lutheran Cemetery, Underhill, 
Wisconsin. There is another August Hintz, with wife Bertha, buried 
in the Underhill cemetery, but the census data substantiate the 
above as the correct family. 

Augusta Griepp2 (Gottfried) was born 7 August 1843, at 
Plathe, Kreis Naugard, Pommern. She emigrated to Cedarburg, 
Wisconsin, in October 1871, along with her mother Wilhelmine 
and her two younger brothers, Albert and Ferdinand. On Valen- 
tine's Day, 1873, she married the widower Carl Rathke, at 
Cedar Creek, Wisconsin. 7 The marriage certificate gives her name 

7 Vital Records, Department of Health and Social Services, Madison, 
Wisconsin. 



22 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

as Augusta Gricp, her parents' names as Friedrich Griep and 
Wilhelmine Mueller, and her husband as Carl Radke, although 
his parents' names are given as Friedrich Rathke and Dorothea 
Glamm. 

Carl Rathke was born 4 June 1832, in Prussia. He was 
granted a Prussian passport on 21 March 1850, and an exit visa 
28 March 1858, for which he paid a fee of one-half thaler. Soon 
thereafter he emigrated to Wisconsin, bringing along his mother, 
Dora, who was living with his household in the 1880 census. The 
names Rateke, Rathke, Radke, and Ratke have a common source 
in the German word rat, which means counsel or advice, most 
often seen in Germany as the Rathaus, the city or town hall which 
counsels its citizens. 

[On 28 January 1861 Carl Rathke married Christine Wegner, 
per Vital Records of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. 8 To that union 
were born the following: 

Wilhelm Rathke, born ca. 1862; he wed Augusta Thurow 

Spiering 9 
Edward Rathke, born ca. 1864; he wed Lisetta Scharfenberg 
Anna Rathke, born ca. 1866; wed to William Hennig 
Augusta Rathke, born ca. 1868; wed to Herman Voecks 
Bertha Rathke, born ca. 1870; wed to Chris Schmidt 
Ferdinand Rathke, born ca. 1871; he wed Laura E. Kasch 

The birth dates above are deduced from the ages given in the 
1880 census, Trenton township, Washington County, except for 
Edward, who evidently was away from home by 1880. 10 Bertha 
also was not listed at home with her parents, but the census taker 
found her living with her new stepmother's mother, Wilhelmine 
Griep, at Cedarburg. The enumerator was a bit nonplussed about 
this relationship, so he simply called Bertha the niece of Wil- 
helmine.] 

According to a mortgage filed in Washington County, Wis- 

8 Volume 2, page 2, Ozaukee County Records. 

9 My informant for these marriages is Lydia (Rathke) Vestal, the 
youngest daughter of Ferdinand Rathke, of Rockford, Illinois. 
10 U.S. Census, vol. 29, sheet 25, line 1, 1880. 



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23 



consin, Carl Rathke and his first wife, Christine, purchased forty 
acres of land, 

the Northwest quarter of the Northeast quarter of Section 27, 
Township 11 North, Range 20 East, in County of Washington, 

on 11 September 1864, for $300. The accompanying note called 
for full payment in five years, interest at 5 percent, with payments 
of $20 or more to be made at unstated intervals. Sellers were 
James and Rebecca Nevel. The first sale of the land was by 
Land Warrant #25321, dated 28 June 1849, most likely at the 
prevailing rate of government sale of public lands of about $1.00 
to $1.50 per acre. Christine Wegner died, between late 1871 or 
early 1872, leaving six children under ten years of age. 

Augusta Griepp, upon her marriage to Carl Rathke, assumed 
the care of these motherless children, as she moved into the log 
house built on the Rathke farm. To their union were born seven 
children. 

Emilie (Amelia) Wilhelmine Rathke, born 20 November 1873 

Albert Charles Rathke, born 15 March 1875 

Louise (Elise) Rathke, born 12 September 1876 

Ida (Eda) Rathke, born 15 April 1878 

Helen (Ellen) Rathke, born September 1879 

Otto Charles Rathke, born 21 October 1882 

Emma Theresa Rathke, born 15 October 1884 

In the 1880 federal census, which I checked in the National 
Archives Building, Washington, D.C., in 1977, I found the fol- 
lowing in the Soundex system, R320, for Trenton township, 
Washington County: 11 



Name 


Relationship 


Age 


Birthplace 


Carl Radke 


Head of hsh. 


48 


Prussia 


Augusta 


Wife 


37 


Prussia 


William 


Son 


18 


Wisconsin 


Anna 


Dau. 


14 


Wisconsin 


Augusta 


Dau. 


12 


Wisconsin 



"Vol. 29, edition 250, sheet 25, line 1. 



24 



DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 



Ferdinand 


Son 


7 


Wisconsin 


Amelia 


Dau. 


6 


Wisconsin 


Albert 


Son 


5 


Wisconsin 


Eliza 


Dau. 


3 


Wisconsin 


Ed a 


Dau. 


2 


Wisconsin 


Ellen 


Dau. 


9 mo. 


Wisconsin 


Dora 


Mother 


78 


Prussia 



The complete and exact census listing above is given to point out 
the census taker's variant spelling of names, which in turn demon- 
strates the inability of many Germans to pronounce the soft 
sound of th, thus Rathke sounds like Radke. The first four 
children listed above were born of the first family. 

This large family lived and worked on the Rathke farm, about 
thirty miles north of downtown Milwaukee. As the land was 
broken and cleared, mostly for dairy farming, adjoining land 
was purchased, bringing it to 94.7 acres when Carl and Augusta 
sold the farm to their son Albert. The 1880 census cited above 
lists twelve people in the household. The original log house had 
had the first of several additions built to shelter the family. 

According to a document filed at the West Bend Courthouse, 
county seat of Washington County, Carl Rathke was granted 
United States citizenship on 18 November 1890. The 1900 federal 
census lists only Carl and Augusta and children Albert and Emma 
at home. 1 - It must have been about this time, 1900, that the entire 
family, with the thirteen children, got together for a family 
photograph. 

Per Warranty Deed, Carl and Augusta, on 16 March 1901, 
sold the farm of 94.7 acres, together with all the stock, machinery, 
and farm tools to their son, Albert, for $3,500, paid in full. 

On 11 April 1911 Carl Rathke died of uremic poisoning, in 
the township of Cedarburg, Ozaukee County. 13 Augusta died 27 
July 1927, in the township of Trenton, Washington County, 14 
evidently at the family homestead. Both are buried in a rural 



"U.S. Census, 1900, T1079, Roll 141. 
13 Vital Records, Ozaukee County, p. 633. 
"Vital Records, Washington County, #10385. 



The Second Generation 25 

cemetery across the road from the Lutheran church, in Jackson 
Township, Washington County. On the family memorial stone 
this beautiful summary of life is inscribed: 

ICH HABE EINEN GUTEN KAMPF GEKAMPFET 
ICH HABE DEN LAUF VOLLENDET, ICH HABE 
GLAUBEN GEHALTEN, HINFORT IS MIR 
BEIGELECT DIE KRONE DER GERECHTICKEIT. 15 



15 For English version of the German, see the Bible, 2 Timothy 4:7-8. 



The Third Generation 



The adult lineal descendants of Gottfried and Wilhelmine 
Griep in the third generation consist of twelve Griepps, seven 
Hintzes, and seven Rathkes. Merely for the purpose of seeing them 
as a unit in some definite time frame I will consider most of them 
to have had their greatest activity in the period 1900 to 1929. 
Obviously this will not fit all; Robert Hintz, Sr., was already 38 
in 1900, and Esther and Elmer Griepp were only five in 1900. 
The earliest death of one of these adults was in 1902, three are 
still living in 1979, Arthur and Rudolph Griepp and Esther Griepp 
Debban. 

In 1908, Israel Zangwell's play The Melting Pot opened in the 
Capitol Theatre in Washington, D.C., to rave reviews including 
that of President Theodore Roosevelt. Did that pot really melt 
and meld the various nationalities into a new amalgam — the 
American? In the second generation, one of the four, Ferdinand 
Griepp, married an Irish lady. In the third generation, two 
married English women, one wed a Norwegian, and another an 
Irishman. From then on, into the fourth to sixth generations, 
the mixture of nationalities through marriage rapidly becomes so 
complete it is pointless to try to trace it. It includes Alsatian, 
Austrian, Bohemian, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, 
Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Polish, Scandi- 
navian, Scottish, Slovak, Spanish, and Welsh. Richard O'Connor 
in his history The German Americans writes, 

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The Third Generation 27 

// assimilation is the goal of all minorities, the German-Americans 
have succeeded beyond all others, with the Scandinavians a close 
second. . . . The stream of "pure" German blood, on reaching 
this shore, disappeared as though it had coursed on a bed of sand. 

On my returned biographical sheets many of the family members 
had either filled in the block "Nationality" with "American" or 
left it blank. Just a glance at the names being incorporated into 
the whole relationship shows this family now a microcosm of 
the nationwide blend. 

It is noteworthy that this continuous movement toward one 
people and one language took place without pressure of law or 
court, except, in the case of Wisconsin, from the effect of the 
little-known Bennett law. Enacted in 1889, it required that 

every child aged seven to fourteen be in some school, public, 
parochial, or private, for not less than twelve weeks in each year, 
and no school shall be regarded as a school unless there shall 
be taught therein reading, writing, and arithmetic and United 
States history in the English language. 

This law was resisted in some German communities that wanted 
their children's education to be given in the German language. 
Some German parochial schools felt themselves threatened. Some 
public-school districts, as late as 1913, adjusted to the law by 
requiring that the locally hired teacher should be able to and 
would teach the German language to those children planning to 
attend German parochial schools the following year. 

Most Wisconsin citizens of German descent were evidently in 
favor of the Bennett law. In this third-generation era most of them 
were supporters of Governor, then Senator, La Follette, who 
sought and received much of the German vote, but who also 
was a staunch advocate of the English public school. Frank 
Griepp, Sr., equally at home in German and English, always 
insisted that even if he spoke in German to his children they 
should reply in English. 

A view of the times in which the 1900-to-1929 generation 



28 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

lived may be seen by contrasting the wares offered in a 1900 
Sears, Roebuck catalog with the world as I remember it, the 
year I finished high school, in 1929. For nostalgic delight, take 
a look in the lingerie department, which offered men's and 
women's union suits for $2.00, plus boned corsets for producing 
the hourglass figure. There were also beautiful pointed-toe shoes, 
with high tops, laced or buttoned, for only $2.00 a pair; for 
men there were the finest Australian kangaroo shoes for $2.50 a 
pair. Or you could buy your own shoe-repair kit for $2.00. 

If you followed the catalog instructions for measuring your 
own body, you could order a tailor-made suit, made by Hecht 
& Co., for a price of $14 to $21, depending on the style you 
chose. Ladies' underskirts of muslin or cambric, with ruffles, 
could be bought for 43 cents to $3 each, the latter with the latest 
Paris lace attached. Ladies' jackets, with large collars and slim 
waists, sold for $3 to $8, huge plush capes for around $10, and 
monstrous hats for $3. By 1929, the capes, hats, and underskirts 
had been stowed away, and my high school classmates looked 
good in short skirts. 

Sears sold all sorts of household appliances and furniture out 
of its Chicago warehouses. The Acme steel ranges, with warming 
oven and reservoir, listed for $31 and looked like the one my 
parents had in their kitchen. Ice chests, called refrigerators in 
the catalog, sold for $11 to $26 for a large size. To fill that ice 
chest, and the ice house, Sears also listed a steel ice plow that 
was to be pulled across a frozen lake or river to cut the ice 
into square blocks. Perhaps we could revive such a method and 
device, if a pure stream or lake could be found. Various hand- 
lever-operated washers, to which a hand-cranked wringer could 
be attached, were listed for $5 to $10. Foot-treadle-operated 
sewing machines were offered, in the traditional steel frame for 
$13, the Burdick in an enclosed wooden cabinet for $15. In 
1900 sewing was not a hobby, but a necessity. 

For the living room Sears had an upholstered parlor couch, 
backless, but with one end raised for a pillow, for $8. Beautiful 
cabinet clocks sold for $4. Pianos could be bought for $85, parlor 
organs for $35, popular autoharps for $2 to $10. Edison's inven- 



The Third Generation 29 

tion was sold as a talking machine; by the twenties it was more 
popular as the Victrola. 

Various occupations were represented, but most of the catalog 
was directed toward the farmer. In 1900, the rural farm popula- 
tion numbered eleven million of the seventy-six million in the 
United States. Sears sold plows, hay rakes and loaders, buggies, 
sleds, wagons, gasoline engines, pumps, and both steel and wooden 
windmills. In its offering of tools there was an appeal mostly to 
the farmer who needed to do everything himself, but also to the 
artisan who wanted to set up his own shop — blacksmiths' and 
horseshoeing tool kits, carpenters' tools of all kinds, shoemakers' 
repair kits, even watchmakers' and jewelers' tools. Veterinary 
tools of all imaginable types were for sale; any owner of livestock, 
especially of horses, could be equipped to perform minor surgery. 

Women's occupations were evidently confined to the home, 
primarily the kitchen. A hint of the future is provided by the 
listing of two typewriters, under the slogan, "This Is a Typewriter 
Age." But the vital statistics show it was instead an age of 
childbearing and rearing of large families. The birth rate in the 
nation rose to 25 per thousand population in 1915; by 1933 it 
had fallen to 6.5 per thousand. 

One last look relates to health care. Fifteen pages were 
devoted to an extensive listing of drugs and patent medicines, 
panaceas that promised to cure every imaginable ailment. It 
offered arsenic to take internally for beauty and good physique, 
or complete cases of homeopathic remedies for self-medication. 
Laudanum, or tincture of opium, sold for twenty-eight cents for 
a four-ounce bottle. One page offered twenty-four different 
vest-pocket-size bottles of pills, at fifteen cents each, plus two 
cents for postage, guaranteed to cure all ailments. With every 
order of a dozen bottles, a free family-doctor book was enclosed. 
Alternating current electric belts were to be worn as cure-alls. 
But keep in mind that until the first Pure Food and Drug Act 
was enacted in 1906, anyone could make any claim he wished 
about his patent medicine. In behalf of the mail order giant, it 
did sell fresh pure cod liver oil for fifty cents a pint bottle. 

The impact of Sears and other mail order houses was made 



30 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

possible by the establishment of a rural free delivery system in 
1896. Parcels larger than four pounds were delivered by express 
or freight until 1912, when a parcel post law put the post office 
into the package delivery business at much lower rates, and thus 
vastly increased the growth of the mail order business. Even baby 
chicks were delivered by mail! 

But the rural isolation of the nineteenth century and the first 
few years of the twentieth was broken by Henry Ford. His famous 
Model T was so simple anyone could learn to drive and repair it, 
and it was cheap enough for any family to buy. The average price 
of all American cars in 1907 was $2,123, but Ford's price in 
1908 was $850; $540 in 1914; and $290 in 1924. By 1915, when 
most of the families in this generation were buying their first 
cars, such as a Carter, Chevrolet, Maxwell, or Ford, almost 
2,500,000 autos were registered in America. At the same time 
an interurban transport system was being built; in 1914 one 
could ride on it from New York city to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 
if not deterred by all the stops and transfers. Lindbergh had flown 
from New York to Paris nonstop, but for most Americans the 
airplane was still the novelty to be seen at the county fair, and, 
if one were brave enough, to take a short ride in at a dollar 
a minute. 

It was an era of hard work, with not much time for pleasure. 
The steel industry did not abandon the twelve-hour day until 
1922. Child labor was still prevalent in 1900; by 1927 it was 
disappearing but still so important that a proposed constitutional 
amendment forbidding it was the subject of the Wisconsin high 
schools' debating teams for that school year. The number of 
high school graduates in 1900 totaled only 6 percent of the 
nation's seventeen-year-olds, 9 percent of the same in 1910, 17 
percent in 1920, and 29 percent in 1930. So the great majority 
of teenagers either were not in high school at all or quitting 
early to go to work. It was still an era in which large families pro- 
vided an economical labor force, especially on the farm. 

World War I broke in upon the middle of this time. Art and 
Rudolph Griepp of the third generation, and Elmer, Jesse, and 
Harold Krueger of the fourth generation served in it. The farmers 



The Third Generation 3 1 

worked harder than ever to provide food for the Allies and to 
feed Europe after the war. Tractors were being bought; the 
mechanization of the farm began. The idealism expressed in the 
slogans "Make the world safe for democracy 1 ' and "Make this 
the last war" did not die until the adoption of the Kellogg Peace 
Plan in 1929, which was not useless, for it formed the legal 
basis for the Nuremburg War Crimes trials of 1945-46. 

Emma M. L. Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) the first child of Albert 
and Anna Griepp was born 7 February 1878, in a log cabin, 
Hartland township, Shawano County. She attended the German 
parochial school in Bonduel. During part of those short school 
years she and her younger brother Frank stayed with their 
paternal grandmother, Wilhelmine Griep, who at that time, the 
decade of the 1880s, lived in a house on the Charlie Boss farm 
just east of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. In May 1895, Emma 
married William Schultz. After his death, in 1897, she married 
Fred Marquardt on 5 August 1900. They made their home at 628 
Third Avenue in Wausau, Wisconsin. Emma died of pneumonia 
on 17 January 1903 according to Vital Records, Shawano and 
Marathon counties. 

Frank Wilhelm August Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was born 
17 January 1879. His education was interrupted at the end of the 
fourth grade by the long hours and heavy work of helping clear 
the woodlands for farming and operating the lime kiln on his 
father's farm. At the age of seventeen he was working for his 
uncle August Hintz as a sawmill assistant; once he almost 
drowned when he was hauling a load of logs on the frozen-over 
Oconto River and the sled and horses broke through the ice. 
He was not at home for the 1900 census, but he had returned 
by the fall of 1901 when he helped the August Juedes family 
move into the farmhouse just across the road to the northwest. 
[John August Juedes was born 16 October 1852 at Grandville, 
Milwaukee County. In 1877 he married Anna Sager, born 14 
October 1861. They operated a farm in Maple Grove township, 
near Reedsville, Manitowoc County. They had eight children. 



32 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

the fourth child and first daughter was Bertha Augusta Friederike, 
born 10 March 1885.] 1 

Bertha Juedes became the bride of Frank Griepp on 13 
November 1902. According to a warranty deed recorded 21 
January 1903, they bought an eighty-acre farm from Wilhelm 
and Auguste Wolfgram three miles northeast of Cecil, Wisconsin, 
for $4,400. Part of the price was evidently in the form of an 
unrecorded note. Frank told his brother Rudolph about walking 
over to Wolfgram to make his annual payment and being berated 
for not making the previous year's payment, but that Wolfgram 
then found the uncashed check in his strongbox. Frank and 
Bertha farmed on that place until 1916. Nine children were born 
to them in that farm home, so it is not surprising that Frank 
served most of those years on the school board, reportedly 
because he was the only one of the parents in the area who could 
read and write in English and thus could sign the teachers' 
paychecks. 

In February of 1916 Albert Griepp, Sr., decided to retire 
from farming and asked his son Frank to operate the home farm. 
Consequently Frank sold his farm and moved the family to his 
father's farm. However, that arrangement did not work out, so 
on 3 June 1916 he purchased the 127-acre farm in Waukechon 
township, which had a newly built two-story nine-room house on 
its hilltop, with an expansive view for many miles around. He 
named it the Bird's Eye View Dairy Farm. The warranty deed 
shows the farm was sold by Bertha and Rudolph Gipp for $15,800, 
accepting a mortgage of $6,800 as part of the purchase price. 
With subsequent purchases of the Kueschel 40 in 1918 and the 
Brooks 40 in 1930, he had 207 acres, twice the average size of 
farms in Waukechon township. In 1917 he bought his first auto- 
mobile, a General Motors Baby Grand Six, a large touring car, 
with leather upholstery, and isinglass side curtains. 

Frank soon was elected clerk of the Rafoth School Board 
and was influential in getting a new schoolhouse built, a large 

Records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Reedsville, in the Mani- 
towoc Public Library. 



The Third Generation 33 

two-story brick building, with a separate library, large gymnasium, 
and even indoor toilets. It opened to an enrollment of about 
fifty children in the fall of 1918. There were never less than 
three Griepp children in elementary school in the years 1911 to 
1931, with an average of four each year during those two decades. 
To help the children get their homework done, as well as to 
avoid the danger of fire from children carrying lamps and lanterns 
he installed a system of carbide gas lighting. This consisted of a 
large tank buried in the yard in which carbide crystals mixed 
with water and antifreeze produced the gas which in turn was 
piped underground to the entire house and the other farm 
buildings. 

In the spring of 1919 he purchased a Titan tractor, a silo 
filler, and a three-bottom plow. For several years after that he 
did all the custom silo filling for the neighbors, being paid $1.50 
per foot of height on a twelve- to fourteen-foot diameter silo. 

Frank and Bertha were members of the Missouri Synod 
Lutheran Church, first in Cecil, then in Bonduel, until about 
1928 when they became founding members of the Assembly of 
God in Shawano. To their union were born thirteen children. 

Irene Augusta Henrietta, born 7 October 1903 

Margaretha Anna Elsa, born 26 August 1904 

Olga Louisa Viola, born 20 November 1905 

Emma Anna Wilheimina, born 20 August 1907 

Reuben Albert Robert, born 30 May 1909 

Herbert August Gustav, born 1 December 1910 

Marcus Albert, born 25 November 1911 

Frank Rudolph, Jr., born 6 August 1913 

Edna Esther, born 30 April 1915 

Marcella Bertha, born 14 February 1917 

Luretta Luella, born 19 September 1918; died 7 February 

1919 
Bertha Ruth, born 14 December 1919 
Frederick William Herman, born 26 June 1921 

Once, during the prosperous World War I years Frank was 
visited by the Internal Revenue Service because he had not filed 
an income tax return. Pointing to the dining table surrounded 



34 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

by children, he replied, "Here's my tax statement and payment!" 
Bertha was an excellent home manager, dietitian, and cook. 
A cousin of mine, Fred Marquardt, Jr., who was a frequent 
visitor, told me, "I never ceased to be amazed at the amount of 
good food that Aunt Bertha could put on the table, and at how 
fast it disappeared." With a large garden and orchard, home- 
butchered beef, pork, lamb, geese, and chicken, and flour and 
sugar bought by the half-ton, she kept a large family growing 
and healthy, with plenty of vitamins not dispensed in bottles. 
Just before the onset of World War I rationing, limiting the use 
of wheat flour, Frank had had a large load of wheat ground into 
flour. The aroma of fresh-baked bread, about a dozen loaves baked 
at a time, is one of the fondest memories of the dozen Griepp kids. 
Bertha Griepp died 30 January 1930. On 11 June 1936, Frank 
married Gertrude Pohlmann, who was born in October 1890 
and died 31 March 1976. Frank completed his farming years by a 
return to lime production, this time by leasing a few acres to a 
private party and selling a few more to Shawano County. The 
lime stone was quarried and crushed, some of it coarse for gravel, 
some of it fine, for soil enrichment. The first sales, in 1931, 
brought a nickel a ton. In 1938 he retired from farming, lived 
for a few years in Shawano, then in Appleton. He died 17 April 
1973, and is buried with Bertha in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sha- 
wano, Wisconsin. 

Wilhelmina (Minnie) A. M. Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was 
born 20 September 1880, in her parents' log house in Hartland 
township, Shawano County. She was educated at the Lutheran 
parochial school and the Graf county school. On 23 December 
1900, at Bonduel, Wisconsin, she was married to Edward Aben- 
droth, who was born 1 August 1 872, in Appleton, Wisconsin, the 
son of Carl and Sophia Abendroth. 2 To this union were born six 
children, all in Appleton. 

Henry Abendroth, born 11 September 1901 
Elmer Albert Abendroth, born 16 September 1903 

2 Vital Records, Outagamie County, vol. 3. p. 441. 



The Third Generation 35 

Elfie Lena Emma Abendroth, born 22 July 1905 
Arthur Franz Arno Abendroth, born 9 September 1907 
Dorothy Abendroth, born 17 September 1909 
Esther Ruth Abendroth, born 14 July 1911 

Until 1915, the family lived in a house at the Outagamie County 
Farm Home where Edward was employed as the farm supervisor. 
In 1915, he purchased a farm a mile north of Appleton, on 
County Trunk A, now Lyndale Avenue. Wilhelmine died 6 May 
1919, and Edward died 29 October 1949, both in Appleton, 
Wisconsin. 



Louise M. W. Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was born 21 June 
1882, in her parents' log house near Bonduel, Wisconsin. She 
was educated in the Graf elementary and the Lutheran parochial 
schools. In her late teens she worked as a practical nurse. She 
married Fred Ernest Marquardt on 28 December 1903, in Hartland 
township, Shawano County. [Fred was born to John and Ernestina 
Radant Marquardt on 16 July 1868, in Stettin township, Marathon 
County, Wisconsin. (Local county histories indicate that a good 
share of emigrants from Pommern, the chief city of which was 
Stettin, settled in Shawano and Marathon counties.) Fred's 
first wife was Johanna Mathwick, who bore him four children: 
Adele, born 29 February 1892, who wed a Westphal and died 
22 September 1969; Edna, born 31 December 1894, who wed a 
Wiederhoeft and died 28 January 1968; Herbert, born 29 April 
1898 and died 3 September 1959; and one child who died in 
infancy.] Emma Griepp was Fred's second wife and cared for the 
children of his first marriage until she died in 1903. 3 Fred and 
Louise had seven children, the first five in Wausau, Wisconsin, 
and the last two in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. 

Fred Albert Marquardt, born 7 June 1904 
Edwin Julius Marquardt, born 13 February 1907 
Lawrence Henry Marquardt, born 22 December 1908 

3 Wisconsin Vital Records, vol. 3, p. 70. 



36 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Theodore Carl Marquardt, born 12 June 1912 
Ruth Johanna Marquardt, born 27 February 1915 
Alice Louise Marquardt, born 27 March 1917 
Genevieve Ann Marquardt, born 16 August 1919 

Besides the task of raising her own children, Louise also had the 
care of her three stepchildren, thus making a household of a 
dozen. Fred worked most of his life as a millwright in the lumber 
processing industry. They made their home in Wausau until about 

1916, when they moved to Tomahawk, and bought a house now 
occupied by their son Edwin's widow. Louise died 30 May 1936, 
Fred died 22 February 1942. Both are buried in Greenwood 
Cemetery, Tomahawk. 

Albert Robert Richard Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was 
born 30 November 1884, in Hardand township. According to 
records in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bonduel, Wisconsin, he 
was baptized Christmas Day, 1884. His schooling was also in the 
Graf elementary and the parochial schools. No doubt his early 
years were spent in hard farm work; his next older brother, Edwin, 
had died shortly after Albert's twelfth birthday, and the oldest 
brother, Frank, was often working away from home. He also 
worked in the railroad construction in the decades after 1900, at 
one time having been part of the section crew foremanned by his 
uncle Ferdinand Griepp. 

An interesting part of his career ties in with an historic event 
that occurred in 1884, the year of his birth, not far away in 
Baraboo, Wisconsin — the birth and first performance of the Ring- 
ling Brothers Circus. For a number of years, between 1910 and 

1917, he traveled with the Ringling Circus back and forth across 
the nation as a handyman and animal caretaker. From 1917 or 
earlier, until 1920, he was the chief operator of the home farm, 
as Albert, Sr., was in his late sixties, and for the most part retired. 

On 26 March 1926 he married Virga Rhyne Maybury, in 
Denver, Colorado. [Virga had two daughters by her prior mar- 
riage to Otis Maybury, Louise and Helen Maybury.] Soon after 
their marriage they moved to Albert's home place, purchased the 



The Third Generation 37 

personal property, and by lease operated the farm he had helped 
his father transform from a wilderness into a producing dairy farm. 
Albert and Virga had one daughter, born at Bonduel. 

Katherine Mildred, born 26 December 1926 

Virga died 26 December 1953 in Shawano, Wisconsin. Albert 
died 8 March 1957 at the home of his daughter in Burbank, 
California. They are both buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sha- 
wano, Wisconsin. 

Gustave Henry Herman Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was born 
17 January 1887 at the parental home southeast of Bonduel, 
Wisconsin. He graduated from Bush's Business College in Apple- 
ton, Wisconsin. In 1908 he went to South Dakota to claim a 
homestead of a half section of prairie land. Later he worked for 
his cousins, Frank and Theodore Hintz, at Rib Lake, Wisconsin, 
at least long enough to earn the cash to buy four horses, a cow, 
fence posts, and enough lumber to build a small house and barn. 
In the spring of 1911 he filled an immigrant railroad car with 
his property and shipped it and himself to Isabel, South Dakota, 
where he proved his homestead grant of 320 acres. He seeded 
some of the first alfalfa in the area in 1912, which survived until 
the grasshoppers killed it in the 1930s. 

According to a brochure published for the Isabel Territory's 
Golden Jubilee in 1961, wild horses and range cattle were a real 
problem to the area's new farmers. A whole carload of such 
horses were rounded up by Gust, shipped to Bonduel, and sold 
there at auction in 1923. One of those horses was a beautiful 
sorrel Indian pony that became the property of Gust's brother 
Frank, and was the children's riding pony for many years. The 
author rode it to Shawano High School in the winters of 1927-29. 

On 6 December 1919 Gust married Amherst Pearl Silk Cruff, 
in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She was born 20 June 1889, in St. 
Paul, Minnesota, daughter of John Silk. She was Superintendent 
of Nurses at Glenwood, Minnesota, in 1917. [She had a son by 
a prior marriage, Wesley Cruff]. Gust and Amherst had one son, 
born in Glad Valley, South Dakota. 



38 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GR1EPP 

Edwin Gustave, born 28 October 1920 

In one of the early years in Glad Valley Gust taught the 
district school, for a salary of $45 per month. He gradually 
increased his land holdings to about two and a half sections, but 
when the dust storms of the midthirties blew the topsoil away 
he abandoned the area and moved to eastern South Dakota to 
raise beef cattle near Lake City. Amherst, better known as Irma, 
died 24 October 1969; Gust died 28 October 1971. Both are 
buried in Sisseton, South Dakota. 

Elsie Augusta Johanna Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was born 
14 October 1888. She graduated from the elementary school in St. 
Paul's German Parochial School in Bonduel, Wisconsin. On 23 
January 1912 she married Oscar Knute Olson, who was born 3 
December 1877 to Knut and Marit Evenson Olson, at Valders, 
Wisconsin. He and Elsie operated a farm in Lessor township, 
Wisconsin. Their children were all born at home. 

Edna Antonette Olson, born 23 January 1913; died 26 

January 1913 
Leslie Jerome Olson, born 9 July 1914 
Robert Levi Olson, born 22 December 1917 
Arno Kendall Olson, born 12 March 1920 
Harris Clayton Olson, born 31 March 1923 
Iris Marie Olson, born 20 August 1927 

They were lifelong members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 
of Lessor township. Elsie died 29 February 1940; Oscar died 
14 October 1960, both in Pulaski, Wisconsin. They are buried 
in Woodlawn Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin. 

Arthur John Ernest Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was born 13 
April 1890, and received the usual elementary schooling. In 1909 
he went to Pickerville, South Dakota, with his brother Gust, and 
filed a homestead claim to a half section of prairie land. In 1911 
he was working for his cousins, Frank and Theodore Hintz, at 
Rib Lake, Wisconsin. He also spent three years working for 
Canadian ranchers, at wages of $32 per month in summer, and 



The Third Generation 39 

$10 per month in winter, plus board and room. On 1 May 1918 
he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served fourteen months as a 
fireman on a French steamer. Pay was $30 per month, increased 
to $40 before his discharge on 1 July 1919. 

On 15 November 1922, he married Emma Albertina Stern, 
born 15 November 1900, the daughter of the Frank Sterns of 
Bonduel, Wisconsin. To this union were born nine children. 

Ezra Arthur, born 11 October 1923, Bonduel, Wisconsin 

Aaron George, born 19 March 1925, Bonduel 

Wilma Louise, born 20 October 1926, Glad Valley, South 

Dakota 
Marian Lorraine, born 25 January 1928, Glad Valley 
Philip Alexander, born 21 March 1929, Glad Valley 
James Arnold, born 4 April 1932, Glad Valley 
Allen Otto, born 11 July 1934, Glad Valley 
David Darrel, born 17 August 1935, Glad Valley 
Alice Martina, born 28 February 1938, Watertown, South 

Dakota 

From March 1920 until March 1926, Art rented and operated 
his father's farm, when he loaded an immigrant railroad car with 
his household goods, some lumber, livestock, a wagon and sleigh, 
and he moved to Glad Valley, South Dakota, to his homesteaded 
land. He built a new home and farm buildings, and farmed there 
until the dust storms came when he released the land back to 
the government. He bought a farm just west of Watertown, South 
Dakota, and farmed there until retirement. Emma Griepp died 
27 October 1969, as the result of an auto accident. Art is living 
in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Anna Ruth Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was born 1 December 
1891 and received the normal elementary school education. What 
was life like for a teenager on a farm in 1908? I have a photostat 
of a letter Anna wrote to Helen Hintz, the daughter of her 
cousin Robert Hintz. Anna was then sixteen. She refers to having 
canned fifty quarts of raspberries, and soon needing to pick the 
blackberries. But the tone of the letter expresses profound lone- 



40 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

liness; she writes, "Sabbath is a lonesome day out here." She 
concludes with, "I wish you folks would try and make us a visit 
this summer." This was written to a large family of relatives only 
twenty miles away. 

About 1913 Anna went out to South Dakota to homestead a 
half section of land in the Isabel area, not far from where her 
brothers were homesteading. She also kept house for her brothers 
Art and Gust. On 22 June 1922 she married Clinton George 
Harris at Bonduel, Wisconsin. He was born in Taylorsville, Illinois, 
on 2 July 1880, and had joined the army at the age of fifteen, 
serving through the Spanish-American War. He had homesteaded 
a quarter section of land in Corson County, South Dakota. 

Anna and Clint had two children, both born in Glad Valley. 

Emerson Clinton Harris, born 13 March 1924 
Elaine Jean Marie Harris, born 7 July 1926 

The doctor who delivered these two children must have been 
impressed with the happiness they brought to these wide open 
places. He named this prairie crossroads Glad Valley. Anna and 
Clint always remained in the area, farming and ranching. Anna 
still loved to pick berries; a picture in the Isabel Golden Jubilee 
is captioned, "The Harris Family going buffalo berry picking." 
Anna died 17 February 1932; Clinton died 17 October 1944; both 
are buried in the Hillview Cemetery, Isabel, South Dakota. 

Rudolph August Gottfried Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was 
born 6 November 1893, the last child to be born in the old log 
cabin near Bonduel, Wisconsin. The new brick house was built 
in 1894. He had also filed for a 360-acre homestead in South 
Dakota in 1916, and was working at Dupree, South Dakota, when 
he was drafted into the United States Army on 31 March 1918. 
He took infantry training at Camp Funston, Kansas, and arrived 
in France 6 June 1918, a day to be known as D-Day twenty-six 
years later. Assigned to A Co., 355th Infantry, 89th Division, he 
fought in the St. Mihiel salient, in August, and in the Meuse- 
Argonne offensive, in October and November. General George 



The Third Generation 41 

C. Marshall gave the men of this unit credit for an unusual exploit 
in the Meuse-Argonne battle. In the attack, they advanced 
through and over barbed wire entanglements without the cus- 
tomary preparatory artillery barrage and engineer assistance. So 
impressed were Marshal Petain and his French officers they de- 
cided it was only because the American midwesterners had extra 
large feet. 4 Exposure to mustard gas entitled Rudolph to one 
wound stripe. Assigned to occupation duty, he spent the winter, 
to 1 May 1919, in Saarburg, Germany. He was discharged at 
Camp Grant, Illinois, on 1 June 1919. Under the World War I 
GI bill he enrolled at the State College in Brookings, South 
Dakota, majored in livestock production, and graduated from the 
four-year course in 1924. 

On 3 October 1921 at Advance, Wisconsin, he married Meta 
Wilhelmina Martha Wudke, born 8 October 1895 to August and 
Berta Radke Wudke. To this union were born four children, all 
in South Dakota. 

Priscilla Ruth, born 8 August 1922, Brookings 
Charles William, born 26 August 1926, Dupree 
Grace Gertrude, born 8 April 1928, Glad Valley 
Noel Judson, born 29 October 1929, Glad Valley 

Rudolph and Meta operated their homestead farm, augmented 
by another half section of land, for several years, until the mid- 
thirties drought made it impossible to raise any crops. They then 
purchased a farm west of Sisseton, South Dakota, where they 
farmed until retirement. Meta died on 7 July 1972, and is buried 
at Sisseton. On 10 June 1976, Rudolph married Lura Grosskopf. 
They had been friends when Lura taught school in the World 
War I era in Hartland township. They make their home in Sha- 
wano, Wisconsin. 

Esther Johanna Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was born 10 
October 1895 at her parents' new farm home. She attended the 

4 George C. Marshall, Memoirs of my Service in the World War, 
1917-1918, written in 1920 (Boston, Houghton-Mifflin, 1976), pp. 183-99. 



42 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

State Normal School in Wausau, graduating in 1911; she lived with 
her sister Louise Marquardt while attending the teacher training 
school. For the next three years she taught school at Little Chicago, 
seventeen miles northwest of Wausau, and then taught at the 
Graf school in her home district for two years. 

Her parental home was the scene of her marriage to William 
Julius Debban on 19 October 1916. William was born 6 August 
1889 at the farm home, three miles southeast of Shawano, Wis- 
consin, of his parents, Herman and Emilia Bluemke Debban. He 
worked with two teams of horses hauling logs from forest to mill, 
until he could purchase a farm of ninety-seven acres for $12,000 
three miles west of Bonduel, Wisconsin. Will and Esther had 
three children, all born at the farm home in Bonduel, Wisconsin. 

Jorden Lynn Debban, born 26 December 1918 

Adrienne G. Debban, born 22 January 1922; died 31 January 

1922 
Marlowe Duane Debban, born 7 October 1923 

They lived in the farm home they had built, and operated the 
farm for about fifty years. They were members of the St. Paul 
Lutheran Church in Bonduel until they became charter members 
of the Assembly of God in Shawano in 1928. After retiring from 
farming, they moved to their home in Shawano where they now 
reside. They have both been helpful in giving me information 
on the earlier generations in this genealogy. 

Elmer Edwin Griepp3 (Ferdinand, Gott) was born 30 
October 1895, at Brisbain, Illinois. 5 At about age ten he suffered 
the loss of his left arm in a grain elevator accident, and wore an 
artificial arm and hand the rest of his life. The 1921 Joliet, 
Illinois, city directory lists him boarding at 2009 Cass Street, 
employed as a salesman by S. C. Hopkins. On 26 September 1946, 
in Valparaiso, Indiana, he married Margaret Helen Dunnavent, 

5 Vital Records, Will County, Illinois, B-119, P-89, Cert. #9760. 



The Third Generation 43 

who was born 31 December 1917 in the town of California, 
Moniteau County, Missouri. Elmer and Margaret had two sons. 

George, born in 1948 

James Edward, born 19 June 1955, Chicago, Illinois 

Elmer died 4 July 1974; Margaret died 6 August 1978, both in 
Hot Springs, Arkansas. 

Robert Herman Ferdinand Hintz3 (Amelia, Gott) was 
born in Plathe, Pommern, 3 March 1862. His marriage certificate 
lists his birthplace as: Plate, Provinz Pannuens, Prussia. This is 
a copy, not a photostat, thus errors in spelling can enter both from 
a clerk's misreading, as well as from the spelling given by Robert 
when applying for his marriage license. According to his son 
Reuben, Robert often spoke of having herded a flock of geese 
on his grandmother's farm on the Rega River. Robert arrived 
from Germany in the Milwaukee area at the age of eleven, went 
to school there, and worked in a factory. At age twenty-one he 
began a lumber business in Gillett, Wisconsin, expanding to own 
a sawmill at Hintz, a town he founded, and a planing mill at 
Regina, Wisconsin. He also operated a general merchandise store 
and a real estate business at Hintz. He served the public in a 
number of positions: justice of the peace, postmaster, treasurer 
and assessor in Gillett, municipal judge from 1885 until 1932, 
and member of the Wisconsin Assembly from Oconto County 
for several years beginning in 1910. 

On 9 October 1885, in Gillett, Wisconsin, he married Martha 
Auguste Elisabeth Darrow, born 9 February 1865 in Gross Herz- 
berg, Pommern, daughter of Carl and Instine Schoenrock Dar- 
row. 6 Robert and Martha had thirteen children, all born at Hintz 
or Underhill, Wisconsin. 

Johannes Carl Ferdinand Hintz, born 24 January 1887 
Helen Johanna Augusta Hintz, born 29 February 1888 
Hedwig Hulda Amalie Hintz, born 21 June 1889 

6 Vital Records, Oconto County, Wisconsin. 



44 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Margret Augusta Elizabeth Hintz, born 7 March 1891 
Robert Fredrick August Hintz, born 23 January 1893 
Ruth Elizabeth Hintz, born 21 April 1894 
Martha Alma Hintz, born 19 January 1896 
Ora Louise Hintz, born 11 March 1898 
Henry Frederick Hintz, born 29 June 1899 
Benjamin Alfred Hintz, born 23 June 1902; died 23 Feb- 
ruary 1904 
Reuben Frederick Hintz, born 23 December 1903 
Walter Oscar Albert Hintz, born 20 April 1905 
Judith Edna Martha Hintz, born 7 August 1906; died 28 
September 1906 

The 1900 federal census lists Robert and Martha Hintz with nine 
children, John through Henry, living in Underhill, Oconto County, 
Wisconsin, plus a Theodor Wise, born September 1876, most 
likely a hired man, making a household of twelve. Martha Hintz 
died 14 June 1908, at Hintz, Wisconsin. On 16 May 1916 Robert 
married Malvina Gomoll Hintz. 7 They had one child. 

Berneda Marie Lorraine Hintz, born 9 January 1917 

Robert Hintz died 1 April 1947, in Green Bay. He and wife 
Martha are buried in the Underhill, Wisconsin, cemetery. Malvina 
Gomoll Hintz died sometime after 30 March 1921, the date of 
her last will, 8 at Gillett, Wisconsin. 

Ferdinand (Fredman) Hintz3 (Amelia, Gott) was born in 
Pommern 27 September 1865. He emigrated with his parents to 
the Milwaukee area, received his education there, and then moved 
with them to Oconto County before 1880. He never married. 
Arthur Griepp remembered him as playing the accordion at the 
wedding party for William Schultz and Emma Griepp in May 
1895. Ferdinand died 13 September 1898, of tuberculosis. 

Augusta Amelia Hintz3 (Amelia, Gott) was born 4 Sep- 
tember 1870, in Pommern, the only daughter of August and 

Hbid. 
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The Third Generation 45 

Amelia Griepp Hintz. On 17 March 1887, at Underhill, Wiscon- 
sin, she married William Frederick Krueger, Sr., born 6 November 

1860, the son of John and Schoenaman Kruger. [This 

John Kruger was born in Germany in 1830, emigrated to the 
United States in a sailing vessel, and farmed in the Oconto area, 
the farm later operated by William and Augusta.] The name 
Kruger in German is spelled with an umlaut over the u, translitera- 
tion into English drops the umlaut and adds an e, the pronuncia- 
tion remaining the same. The name comes from the word krug, 
a jug or pot, hence a maker of clay pots was a kruger. William 
and Augusta had ten children, all born in Wisconsin. 

Paul Emil Krueger, born 10 February 1889, Cecil 
Elmer Frank John Krueger, born 20 September 1891 
Jesse Alfred Krueger, born 20 February 1893, Cecil 
Esther Krueger, born 10 March 1895, Gillett 
Harold William Krueger, born 13 March 1896, Gillett 
Ora Eleanor Krueger, born 16 April 1898, Underhill 
Arthye Mary Krueger, born 17 March 1900, Gillett 
Alice Krueger, born January 1902 
William Frederick Krueger, born 12 October 1905 
Arthur Krueger, who only lived about a year 

William Krueger, Sr., spent his early years in the lumbering 
business at Gillett and Florence, Wisconsin, where he owned 
sawmills. In 1906 the family moved to Rib Lake, where he con- 
tinued in the lumber trade. In 1922 they moved to a farm three 
miles north of Athens, Wisconsin. William died there 11 January 
1929; Augusta died in Milwaukee 7 April 1932. They are both 
buried in Wausau, Wisconsin. 

Frank John August Hintz3 (Amelia, Gott) was born 14 
February 1873, in Plathe, Pommern. The place of birth is as 
given on his certificate of marriage, filed in Oconto County. His 
obituary gives his birthplace as Cedarburg, Wisconsin, but it is 
evidently in error. On 31 July 1896, 9 at Gillett, he married 
Malvine Eva Frederike Gomoll, born 8 July 1879, the daughter 

Hbid., vol. 2, p. 213. 



46 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

of Edward and Rosine Klawitter Gomoll. The ceremony was 
Evangelical Lutheran, performed by F. Uplegger. Four children 
were born to this union, all in Wisconsin. 

Grace Emma Hintz, born 25 February 1897, Underbill 10 
Esther Bertha Hintz, born 4 March 1898, Oconto County 
Melvine Louise Hintz, born 2 January 1900, Rib Lake 
Arthur Edward Hintz, born 2 January 1902, Rib Lake 

Frank was a logger and millman. On 27 February 1905 he 
bought eighty acres of timber land in Taylor County, Wisconsin, 
for $1,800. He owned a number of race horses and enjoyed racing 
them in several adjoining counties. Frank and Malvine were 
divorced and subsequently he married Mary Sampson, daughter 
of George Sampson of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Their three children 
are: 

Frank Edward Hintz, born 14 March 1916 
Laverne Hintz, born in 1921 or 1922 
Floyd Hintz 

In 1933 the family moved to Becker County, Minnesota, where 
Frank operated a sawmill. His last place of residence was Ogema, 
Minnesota. Frank died 3 June 1954 at St. Joseph's Hospital in 
Park Rapids, Minnesota, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery 
in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. 11 

Charles Theodore Hintz3 (Amelia, Gott) was born 28 
July 1878, in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. On 7 March 1908, at Rib 
Lake, Wisconsin, he married Bertha Martha Bleck. He was asso- 
ciated with his brother Frank in the lumber business, and also 
operated a general store and bar in the Rib Lake area, in Taylor 
County. Charles and Bertha had five children. 

Harvey Hintz, born 1 July 1908 

Junior William Hintz, born 4 August 1910 

w Ibid., vol. 2, p. 268. 

11 Oak Grove Cemetery records, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. 



The Third Generation 47 

Evert Hintz, born 22 April 1912; died 15 September 1912 
Warren Gordon Hintz, born 14 December 1913 
Gerald Hintz, born 13 March 1915 



Charles Hintz died 23 December 1970, at Mosinee, Wisconsin, 
and is buried at Wanderers Rest Cemetery, in Gillett, Wisconsin. 

Gustave Albert Richard Hintz3 (Amelia, Gott) was born 
28 February 1880, in Bonduel, Wisconsin. On 17 September 
1903, at Rib Lake, Wisconsin, he married Frances Seidel, born 
13 December 1882, in Rib Lake. Six children were born to this 
union. 



Harry Hintz, born 13 March 1905, Rib Lake; died at age 

three 
Elmer Hintz, born 14 November 1906; died 14 November 

1913 of appendicitis 
Agnes Hintz, born 12 July 1909, Underhill 
Lousene Mary Hintz, born 11 February 1912, Underhill 
Arlene Dorothy Hintz, born 20 July 1915, Underhill 
Emmett Gustav Hintz, born 11 April 1923, Underhill 

A mortgage shows that Gust and Frances Hintz bought the home 
farm from August and Amelia Hintz, in 1917, for $8,000, and 
that the buildings were to be kept insured for $7,000. Does this 
indicate that the 160 acres of land were only valued at $1,000 
at that time? They continued to operate this farm until retirement. 
Gust also operated the brick kiln established by his father, and 
from it furnished the brick for the old Shawano County Court- 
house. I remember the family visiting us in the 1920s, driving a 
Paige auto. An old license fee receipt designates it a Paige, 
touring passenger, six cylinders, weighing 2,950 pounds. 12 

Gustave Hintz died 18 October 1952; Frances died 10 Sep- 
tember 1954; both are buried in the Gillett Catholic Cemetery. 

12 The mortgage and receipt are in the possession of Emmet Hintz, 
which he kindly shared with me. 



48 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Edward (Edwin, Ed) Hintz3 (Amelia, Gott) was born 1 
April 1882. He worked many years in the Wisconsin lumber 
camps, and also farmed in the Gillett area. He never married. 
He died in 1960. 

Emilie (Amelia) Wilhelmina Albertina Rathke3 (Au- 
gusta, Gott) was born 20 November 1873, in Cedarburg, Wis- 
consin, the first child of the second family of Carl Rathke. Emilie 
married William J. Bliese, born 6 July 1 869, the son of Carl Bliese, 
a German immigrant. The couple made their home in Rockford, 
Illinois, where William worked as a machinist, later as a foreman. 
They had five children, all born in Rockford. 

Karl A. Bliese, born 16 December 1897 
Lenora Ida Helen Bliese, born 16 May 1901 
Walter Bliese 

George Bliese, born 18 March 1909 
Ervin Bliese, born 7 April 1913 

William Bliese died 9 December 1940; Emilie died 22 December 
1957, both in Rockford. 

Albert Charles Rathke3 (Augusta, Gott) was born 15 
March 1875, at West Bend, Wisconsin, the first son of Carl and 
Augusta Griepp Rathke. He was evidently the hardworking 
farmer from boyhood; he purchased the family farm at age 
twenty-six, operated it through the prosperous years just before 
and during World War I, throughout the crises of the twenties, 
the Depression, and through another war, until he retired. By 
purchase of adjacent acres he almost doubled its size, bringing it 
to 175 acres. 

On 4 April 1904, he married Elsie Hedwig Uhlig at Cedar- 
burg, Wisconsin, also her birthplace. 13 She was born on 12 June 

13 Vital Records, Ozaukee County, Port Washington, vol. 7, p. 385. 
Of interest in the marriage certificate are the facts that the groom's 
mother is given as Auguste Grieb, and that the witnesses are: Ida Rathke, 
Clemens Uhlig, Anna Glamm, and Otto Rathke. The marriage license 
itself is completed in beautiful Spencerian penmanship, by the County 
Clerk, Lothar Sauer. 



The Third Generation 49 

1885 to Herman Carl and Ernstine Schubert Uhlig. Albert and 
Elsie had eight children. 

Linda Ernestine Rathke, born 21 February 1906 14 
Thekla Rathke, born 27 July 1907; died in early childhood 
Eleanor Helen Rathke, born 29 September 1908 
George William Rathke, born 21 October 1910 15 
Gerda Martha Rathke, born 31 December 1912 
Hildegarde Clara Rathke, born 24 January 1915 ir> 
Esther Augusta Rathke, born 30 November 1917 
Walter Benjamin Rathke, born 11 March 1925 17 

The family were members of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, 
and of the Lutheran Laymen's League. Albert and Elsie retired 
from the farm in 1951, and lived in Milwaukee until they died, 
he on 4 July 1962, she on 20 November 1973. Both are buried 
in Graceland Cemetery, Milwaukee. 

Louise (Elise) Rathke3 (Augusta, Gott) was born 12 
September 1876, the nation's Centennial year, at Cedarburg, 
Wisconsin. On her baptismal record, the 1880 census, and on 
her wedding announcement her name is given as Elise. On 25 
April 1895, she married William August Thurow, at Guilford 
Township, Illinois. He was born 11 November 1863, in Germany, 
the son of Heinrich and Freiderich Hachbantl Thurow. [William 
is most likely a brother of Augusta Thurow, who married Louise's 
half brother, Wilhelm Rathke.] William and Louise were farmers, 
near Rockford, Illinois. They had six children, all born in Illinois. 

Emma Bertha Freidericke Thurow, born 23 June 1896, Guil- 
ford Township 

Martha Eliza Augusta Thurow, born 10 November 1897; 
died aged one year 

Ida Emily Anna Thurow, born 17 July 1899, Harlem Town- 
ship 

Clara Elise Matilda Thurow, born 12 September 1901, Har- 
lem Township 

14, is, leyital Records, Washington County, West Bend, Wisconsin. 
vibid., vol. 17, #415, File #11407. 



50 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Marie Emma Bertha Thurow, born 21 October 1904, Har- 
lem Township 

Henry Otto William Thurow, born 6 October 1907, Rock- 
ford 

Louise died 4 November 1920; William died 5 November 1949, 
both in Rockford. Both are buried in Greenwood Cemetery, 
Rockford, Illinois. 

Ida Matilda Rathke3 (Augusta, Gott) was born 15 April 
1878, at West Bend, Wisconsin, per Vital Records, Washington 
County. She worked for a number of years in Milwaukee, in- 
dustriously saving her money and depositing it in a Milwaukee 
bank, where she lost it in the 1907 panic. On 30 November 
1905, in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, she married Edward C. Ritter- 
busch. 18 He was born 20 May 1877 at West Bend, Wisconsin, the 
son of Theodore and Catharine Rusche Ritterbusch, who were 
married on 2 March 1876. 10 [Theodore was the son of Edward 
and Christina Hauser Ritterbusch; Catharine was the daughter 
of Conrad and Catharina Rusche. 20 Conrad Rusche, born 10 July 
1820, in Steinhude, Germany, was the son of Johann Heinrich 
and Use Marie Tatje Rusche, of Steinhude, where Johann was a 
citizen and fisherman.] 21 

Edward and Ida started life together on a farm near Bancroft, 
South Dakota, on a quarter section of land Edward had home- 
steaded earlier. Despite the rigors of pioneer life in the area, they 
succeeded in building a fine home in Bancroft. Her cousin, Charles 
Hintz, worked for them one season. Her cousins, Gust and Art 
Griepp, also homesteading in South Dakota, visited them there 
in 1909. Edward and Ida had five children, all born in South 
Dakota. 

Arthur Charles Ritterbusch, born 9 August 1906 
Paul Ritterbusch, born 3 April 1908 

ls Vital Records, Ozaukee County, vol. 7, p. 588. 

™Ibid., vol. 4, p. 1139. 

20 Ibid. 

21 Per birth certificate, from Steinhude, Germany. 



The Fourth Generation 5 1 

Lawrence Albert Ritterbusch, born 24 July 1910 
Edward Ritterbusch, born 21 December 1912 
Karl Walter Ritterbusch, born 18 April 1914; died 12 Sep- 
tember 1948 

In 1933 the family moved back to Wisconsin, where Edward 
was employed by the Picks Manufacturing Co., in West Bend. 
Ida became an invalid the last few years of her life. She died of a 
coronary embolism on 21 January 1954; Edward died on 12 
October 1963, both in West Bend, where they are buried. 

Helen Rathke3 (Augusta, Gott) was born in September 
1879. Her name is given in the 1880 census as Ellen, aged nine 
months. The census was taken in June 1880. She married Clemenz 
Uhlig, the brother of the Elsie Uhlig who married Albert Rathke. 
His name appears as a witness of that marriage in 1904. Helen 
and Clemenz had no children, both have died, dates unknown. 

Otto Charles Rathke3 (Augusta, Gott) was born 21 
October 1882, at Cedarburg, Wisconsin, according to Vital Rec- 
ords of Washington County. On 24 June 1906, at Edgerton, 
Wisconsin, he married Hulda Marie Yung, who was born 12 May 
1888, the daughter of August and Osmos Yung. Otto and Hulda 
had eight children. 

Edna Rathke, born 4 April 1907; died 3 June 1923 
Paul Rathke, born 11 November 1911 
Irene Bertha Rathke, born 28 March 1914 
Bernice Ann Rathke, born 20 November 1917 
Virginia Eleanor Rathke, born 17 March 1919 
Dorothy Helen Rathke, born 27 July 1921 
Robert Louis Rathke, born 6 September 1925 
Otto Charles, Jr., Rathke, died at 6 months of age 

The family made their home in Rockford during the early years 
of their marriage, where all the children were born. Later, Otto 
owned and operated a grocery store on Laramie Avenue in 
Chicago. We visited Mrs. Rathke — Aunt Hulda, as she was 

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52 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

known to many — in her home in McHenry, Illinois, shortly before 
her death on 16 August 1978. Otto had died on 17 February 
1964, and is buried in Rockford, Illinois. 

Emma Theresa Rathke3 (Augusta, Gott) was born 15 
October 1884, the youngest child of Carl and Augusta Rathke. 
On 13 August 1905 Emma married Albert William Miller, who 
was born 31 August 1878, at Pecatonica, Illinois, the son of 
Charles and Ricka Kasch Miller. They had one child. 

Dorothy Emily Miller, born 8 March 1906, Rockford 

Albert and Emma made their home in Rockford, where Albert 
was a woodworker. Emma died 1 February 1961; Albert died 17 
December 1965, both are buried in Rockford, Illinois. 



4 



The Fourth Generation 



This genealogy lists 113 descendants in the fourth generation, 
of whom 74 were still living in 1979. The first member was 
Johannes Hintz, born in 1887; the latest was James Edward 
Griepp, born in 1955. They all are part of that group that sur- 
vived and beat the Depression, felt they won World War II, and 
were the first to fight under a United Nations flag. Just possibly 
the author cannot be blamed for feeling it was the best of all 
times. However, it is always difficult to see one's own time and 
evaluate it properly. It is hoped a few scattered facts may set the 
proper perspective. 

An old German Lutheran proverb, "Glauben is nicht wissen" 
(believing is not knowing), was turned around by this generation's 
growing interest in higher education. Ten of this group became 
college graduates, four earned graduate degrees. Others graduated 
from technical schools of all kinds, aviation, bakery, beauty, 
mortuary, nursing, real estate, and business schools. Three became 
attorneys; others entered the ministry, teaching, or nursing, and 
some excelled in business or farming. 

The decade of the 1930s was one of deflation. In 1931, in 
Minneapolis, you could get a complete Chinese dinner for a 
quarter; a hamburger and a cup of coffee cost one dime. The 
week that Hitler invaded Poland I bought gasoline for 12.5 cents 
a gallon. Good quality graded and seasoned fir dimension lumber 
sold for $35 to $40 per thousand board feet in 1936, but not 

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54 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

many houses were being built. Unemployment climbed to 25 
percent in 1933, the birth rate fell to its lowest ever, and im- 
migration practically ceased; between 1931 and 1936 more people 
left the United States than entered. Only 3 percent of all Ameri- 
cans paid any income tax. 

In that same decade nature collected its bill for the overuse of 
the soil of the prairie states. The gradual move from horse to 
tractor power with its steel plow had destroyed the prairie-grass 
root system. The drought killed the last of the shallow-rooted 
vegetation, and the dust storms blew the surface soil to the east. 
In March 1935 blowing dust darkened the skies for twenty-five 
days. Between 1934 and 1939 about 350,000 farmers were forced 
to emigrate from the dust bowl. 

In Wisconsin politics, the La Follette brothers were in power; 
in Minnesota the Farmer-Labor party reached its maximum influ- 
ence. National politics gave us the New Deal, seasoned with the 
alphabet soup of CWA, CCC, WPA, AAA, TVA, NRA, and 
others, plus the effort to pack the Supreme Court. Internationally, 
Mussolini strutted in Italy, Tojo threatened in Asia, and Hitler 
kept demanding just one more piece of land in Europe. The 
United States armed forces totaled 300,000 men in 1939. 

The 1940s found everyone involved in some way in World 
War II; seventeen family members were in the military forces, 
and practically all others experienced some change in their life- 
style as they worked in the arsenal of democracy. Like the 
ubiquitous Kilroy they were found everywhere. Members of this 
family scattered to all parts of the nation. War production set off 
a migration to the steel plants and shipyards, to construction 
sites previously unheard of, and to assembly plants for munitions, 
trucks, tanks, and planes. The OPA gave us price control, and 
rationed canned goods, meat, sugar, gas, tires, and shoes. 

The 1950s gave America its first experience for more than 
a century with a limited war, fought with less than unanimous 
support. From this encounter it was glad to withdraw, with lim- 
ited objectives gained, to return to enjoy what peacetime could 
bring, such as the newly constructed freeways, two cars in every 
garage, and the house in the suburbs. With its sudsy serials, radio 



The Third Generation 55 

had reached its zenith in the thirties; in the late forties and fifties, 
television Motorola-ed into the living room; a Magnavox silenced 
conversation and all attention was focused on the big tube. The 
alarmists of the twenties' decade had seen the auto as the destroyer 
of the family home; television brought the family members back 
into the home but as mute strangers. 

In medicine, this generation saw the sulfa drugs, penicillin, 
polio serum, Atabrine, and dried blood plasma come into popular 
usage, to the nation's improved health and longevity. 

Industry's gifts to this generation included DDT, synthetic 
detergents, cellophane, synthetic rubber, nylon fabrics, and plas- 
tics, plus one of more lasting benefit, the transistor. 

At the fiftieth anniversary of the 1929 Class of Shawano 
High School my classmates and I reminisced that we were ushered 
into the thirties to experience the Depression, then World War 
II, then after five years of readjustment, the Korean War still 
affected some of us. The few years of calm of the late fifties flew 
by, leaving us a bit whiter, wider, and, we hoped, wiser. And 
that's the brief summary of the thirty years of this generation. 

Irene Augusta Henrietta Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 7 October 1903, the first child of Frank and Bertha 
Griepp, in the brick farm home at Cecil, Wisconsin, where eight 
of her younger sisters and brothers were also born. Her elemen- 
tary education was in the Round Hill School, near Cecil; the 
building is now, in 1979, in use as a town hall. She graduated 
from Bush Business College in 1922, and worked as a secretary 
in Appleton until her marriage. On 22 September 1925, in St. 
Paul's Lutheran Church in Bonduel, Wisconsin, she married 
Lester Benjamin Reinke, who was born 17 January 1897, in 
Appleton, the son of Henry Charles and Helen Bauman Reinke, 
both born in Outagamie County, Wisconsin. They have four 
children, all born in Appleton. 

Marian Loretta Reinke, born 7 October 1926 
Marvin Lloyd Reinke, born 28 November 1930 
Lester Henry, Jr., Reinke, born 21 December 1931 
James Richard Reinke, born 22 September 1935 



56 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

The family made their home in Appleton. Irene died on 6 June 
1936, and is buried in Appleton. Lester is retired from his life- 
time work in the Appleton Power Co., and lives in Green Bay, 
Wisconsin. 

Margaretha Anna Elsa Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 26 August 1904. This birth, and of all the succeeding 
sisters and brothers, is recorded in the Vital Records of Shawano 
County, Wisconsin. At the Zion Lutheran Church, Clintonville, 
Wisconsin, Margaret married Robert F. Peters, born on 20 
November 1889, the son of Robert F. Sr., and Kruse Peters. The 
three children are: 

Douglas C. Peters, born 9 December 1931 
Marlene Margaret Peters, born 24 September 1935 
Frederick Robert Peters, born 7 October 1940 

Robert and Margaret owned and operated a dairy farm near 
Belle Plaine, Wisconsin. Robert died 25 January 1972, and is 
buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Shawano. Margaret and her 
daughter Marlene live in the Peters farmhouse. 

Olga Louisa Viola Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) was 
born 20 November 1905. She married Albert Debban, born in 
1897, the youngest son of Herman and Emilia Bluemke Debban. 
The children are: 

Duane Ward Griepp, born 24 July 1924 
Gerald Dennis Debban, born 10 July 1932; died 26 Decem- 
ber 1932 
Marlin Charles Debban, born 5 March 1934 
Dennis Debban, born 18 July 1936; died 30 September 1957 

Albert and Olga owned and operated the home Debban farm 
southeast of Shawano, Wisconsin. Olga died 22 July 1936 and 
is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. Albert has remarried, is retired, 
and is living in Shawano, Wisconsin. 



The Fourth Generation 57 

Emma Anna Wilhelmina Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 20 August 1907. Emma remembers well the installation 
of the telephone in her parents' farmhouse in 1911. On 3 Sep- 
tember 1929, at the Shawano Assembly of God, she married 
Joseph George Klement, who was born 30 April 1905, the elder 
son of Martin Klement, of Bohemian nationality. Their children, 
all born in Shawano, Wisconsin, are: 

Hyacinth Victoria Klement, born 10 December 1930 
Jonathan Joseph Klement, born 26 March 1939 
David Doyle Klement, born 26 September 1941; died 4 
April 1943 

Joe and Emma owned and operated the home Klement farm on 
the Wolf River, southeast of Shawano, Wisconsin. Later they were 
extensively engaged in growing and selling seed potatoes on 
several farms in Langlade and Shawano counties. They have 
retired, first to a new home they built on Shawano Lake, then 
their farm home near Shiocton, Wisconsin. Emma loves to travel 
and has visited Israel and Italy. Both of them are active in the 
Gideon Society. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary 
on 19 August 1979. A reception dinner for 154 guests was 
hosted by her brother Marcus and his wife Louise at the same 
house where Emma grew up. 

Reuben Albert Robert Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 30 May 1909. He attended LIFE Bible Institute in Los 
Angeles in 1929-30, and spent the next twenty-five years in the 
ministry, the major part of it with the Conservative Baptist de- 
nomination. On 12 June 1935, at Grenora, North Dakota, he 
married Esther Evangeline Anderson, who was born 10 July 
1916 to Gustave A. and Emma S. Broe Anderson. They have 
three children. 

Virgil Eugene, born 19 March 1937, Regan, North Dakota 
Winston Paul, born 29 June 1943, Wenatchee, Washington 
Darrell Philip, born 12 November 1947, Kalispell, Montana 



58 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Since 1960 Reuben has been engaged in home construction and 
real estate in Spokane, Washington, where they make their home. 

Herbert August Gustav Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 1 December 1910. He graduated from North Central 
Bible College in 1933 and spent the next five years in the Assem- 
blies of God ministry in Wisconsin and Minnesota. On 8 June 
1934, in Minneapolis, he married Jennie Arseth, born 10 June 
1914, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Gunder and Anna L. Olsen 
Arseth. They have five children, the last four born in Minnesota. 

Geraldine Phoebe, born 5 November 1935, New London, 

Wisconsin 
Crystal Evangeline, born 2 January 1937, Minneapolis 
Arden Herbert, born 12 March 1938, Mountain Lake 
Dale Conrad, born 20 December 1940, Minneapolis 
Phillip Darrell, born 20 April 1944, Minneapolis 

Since 1938 Herbert has been operating an extensive trucking and 
blacktopping business in Minneapolis, from which he has now 
retired. He and Jennie make their home in Minneapolis, on Lake 
Nokomis. 

Marcus Albert Carl Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) was 
born 25 November 1911. On 23 September 1937, at Marshall, 
Minnesota, he married Louise Mary Hawes, born 24 May 1916, 
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Alfred and Charlotte 
DeLong Hawes. [She is listed on page 217 of the Richard Hawes 
genealogy, Library of Congress #CS71.H39, 1932.] Their three 
children, all born in Shawano, Wisconsin, are: 

Shirley Ann, born 17 June 1941 
Jeanette Louise, born 16 October 1943 
Milton Charles, born 23 May 1953 

Marcus purchased the home farm from his father and operated 
it as a large dairy farm for thirty-seven years. He also has sold 
over a half million tons of crushed limestone from the rock 



The Fourth Generation 59 

quarry. He retired from dairy farming in 1974 and now raises 
beef cattle. Marcus and Louise are semiretired and make their 
home in the big house on the crest of Lime Kiln Hill, where 
Marcus has lived for over sixty-three years. 

Frank Rudolph Robert Griepp, Jr.4 (Frank, Albert, 
Gott) was born 6 August 1913. He graduated from North Central 
Bible College in 1933, and earned his B.A. in History at the 
University of California at Berkeley. He was ordained to the 
ministry in 1936, and pastored churches in Minnesota for the 
next eight years. On 30 September 1936 he married Muriel 
Camilla Hawes, born 2 December 1913, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 
the daughter of Alfred Bertram and Charlotte DeLong Hawes. 
[Muriel is listed on page 217 of the book Richard Hawes of 
Dorchester, Massachusetts, Genealogy #8007, published in 1932. 
She is the eleventh in descent from the Richard Hawes, who was 
born in England in 1606, and emigrated to Massachusetts in 1635. 
His descendants were: Obadiah Hawes, 1635-1690; Obadiah 
Hawes, 1663-1719; Obadiah Hawes, 1696-1755; Obadiah Hawes, 
1729-ca. 1791; Nathan Hawes, 1760-1845, who fought in the 
American Revolution at the Battle of Bennington; Nathan R. 
Hawes, born in New Hampshire in 1791, died in Good Thunder, 
Minnesota, 1897; Benjamin Hawes, 1818-1888; Charles Hawes, 
1850-1923; Alfred B. Hawes, 1881-1935, who was Muriel's 
father]. 

Frank and Muriel have three children. 

Randall Bertram, born 11 March 1940, Marshall, Minnesota 
Galen Frank, born 10 March 1946, Shawano, Wisconsin 
Marvel Muriel, born 28 September 1952, Washington, D.C. 

In July of 1944 Frank joined the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps 
and served troops in a variety of duty tours, in Mississippi, 
Hawaii, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C, Germany, and 
California. His family accompanied him on those assignments. 
He was in the Korean War, where he was awarded the Bronze 
Star with "V" for Valor. He left active duty in 1957 as a lieuten- 
ant colonel, remained active in the Army Reserves, was promoted 



60 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

to colonel in 1968, and retired in 1973. Muriel was employed 
by the U.S. Postal Department in 1961 and retired from it as a 
personnel department supervisor in 1976. 

Frank and Muriel make their home on a hillside overlooking 
the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, in Rancho Palos Verdes, 
California. They are active in the Retired Officers Association; 
Frank is president of the San Pedro chapter. They have enjoyed 
travel in Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, the Greek Islands, Egypt, and 
all over the United States, much of it in the interests of this book. 

Edna Esther Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) was born 30 
April 1915. She graduated from North Central Bible College in 
1948, and spent the next twenty years in Indian missionary work, 
primarily in Arizona. On 22 July 1963, at Winslow, Arizona, she 
married Clarence Silas Graetz, born 22 June 1890, of Pound, 
Wisconsin. [Clarence has nine children by his first marriage.] He 
and Edna are retired and live near Tucson, Arizona. 

Marcella Bertha Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) was born 
on Valentine's Day, 1917, the first of the family to be born in 
the new house in the township of Waukechon, on Lime Kiln Hill. 
She graduated from beauty college in Chicago, Illinois, and was 
registered as a Master Cosmetologist in Florida, where she 
operated her own shop in Palm Beach. On 5 August 1942 she 
married Robert E. Hawkey, at Bennettsville, South Carolina. They 
had no children. Robert was a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps 
in World War II, and was a newscaster, and also served as a city 
councilman, in West Palm Beach, where they made their home. 
Marcella died 5 August 1969, in West Palm Beach, and is buried 
in Woodlawn Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin. 

Bertha Ruth Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) was born 14 
December 1919. At the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, 
Iowa, on 5 October 1938, she married Clifford Elmer Schoen, 
born 12 January 1910 in Humboldt, Wisconsin, the son of Louis 
M. and Minnie Laudenklos Schoen. Two children were born to 
them, both in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 



The Fourth Generation 61 

Frank L. Schoen, born 23 May 1940; died 23 May 1940 
Susan Carol Schoen, born 28 August 1953 

Cliff was a butter and cheese maker all his life, in Seymour, 
Wisconsin. He retired in 1972. Bertha, better known as Toots, 
has been an accountant, is employed at the Seymour Post Office, 
and operates her own H & R Block Tax office in Seymour, where 
they make their home. 

Frederick William Herman Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 26 June 1921. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946, 
and served two years, most of it in occupation duty in Japan. On 
8 June 1949, at Kalispell, Montana, he married Helen Viola 
Holmquist, born 14 February 1926, the daughter of Thure David 
and Anna A. Bengtsen Holmquist, of Kalispell. Fred and Helen 
have eight children, all born in Kalispell, Montana. 

Mary Jo, born 3 March 1951 

Joyce Helen, born 17 November 1952 

Janice Cheryl, born 1 December 1953 

Ronald Frederick, born 9 January 1956 \ ■ 

Ronda Ann, born 9 January 1956 ) 

Colleen Faith, born 13 August 1957 

Theresa June, born 6 June 1962 

Tammy Jean, born 13 March 1967 

Fred operates a contracting business in Kalispell, specializing in 
home construction. He is an ardent hunter and fisherman, and 
keeps his freezer well stocked with antelope, bear, deer, elk, 
moose, and fish. They make their home in Kalispell, Montana. 

Henry Abendroth4 (Minnie, Albert, Gott) was born 11 
September 1901, in Appleton, Wisconsin. In his late teens Henry 
succumbed to the lure of the West, and worked as a cowboy in 
Bighorn County, Montana. Three days before his twenty-first 
birthday, on 8 September 1922, he was accidentally shot to death 
as he came in from a roundup, at Hardin, Montana, where he is 
buried. 



62 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Elmer Albert Abendroth4 (Minnie, Albert, Gott) was 
born 16 September 1903. On 10 December 1925, in Appleton, 
Wisconsin, he married Esther Buss, who was born 6 July 1908. 
They have two daughters, both born in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

Mildred Mae Abendroth, born 1 March 1927 
Shirley Ann Abendroth, born 8 October 1930 

Elmer was employed by Kimberly-Clark Corp., and retired after 
thirty years service, from their Lakeview plant. Both Elmer and 
Esther live in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

Elfie (Alphie) Lena Emma Abendroth4 (Minnie, Albert, 
Gott) was born 22 July 1905, in Appleton, Wisconsin. On 3 June 
1924 she married Andrew (Andy) Martin Gloudemans, born 5 
July 1904, in Hilbert, Wisconsin. They have four children. 

Elfie Mae Gloudemans, born 8 November 1925, in Chicago 
Ruth Ann Gloudemans, born 27 November 1927, in Chicago 
Richard Edward Gloudemans, born 7 February 1929, in 

Beaver Dam, Wisconsin 
James Robert Gloudemans, born 12 September 1939, in 

Beaver Dam, Wisconsin 

In 1928 Andy and Elfie opened their own clothing store in 
Beaver Dam; in 1934 they formed the Gloudemans and Gage 
partnership, and managed the men's clothing department. Andy 
retired from the store in 1964, and they now make their home 
in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

Arthur Franz Arno Abendroth4 (Minnie, Albert, Gott) 
was born 9 September 1907. Baptismal records at St. Paul's 
Lutheran Church in Bonduel, Wisconsin, show he was baptized 
20 October 1907, with the sponsors being Franz, Arthur, and 
Anna Griepp. On 7 June 1937 Arthur married Frances Geneva 
Servis, who was born 12 September 1917, at Dunseith, North 
Dakota, the daughter of Fred and Ingrid Landsverk Servis. They 



The Fourth Generation 63 

have seven children, the first two born in Hamilton, Montana, 
and the last five in International Falls, Minnesota. 

Faye Janice Abendroth, born 20 December 1937 
Carol Elaine Abendroth, born 11 April 1939 
Bette Joan Abendroth, born 9 September 1941 
Barbara Claire Abendroth, born 8 December 1943 
Susan Marie Abendroth, born 7 November 1946 
Thomas Arthur Abendroth, born 21 November 1948 
Jerry Lee Abendroth, born 25 June 1951 

Arthur died 16 July 1969, in Reno, Nevada, and is buried there. 
His widow, Frances, married August Eklund on 23 December 
1976. 

Dorothy Abendroth4 (Minnie, Albert, Gott) was born 17 
September 1909. She did not marry, and makes her home in 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Esther Ruth Abendroth4 (Minnie, Albert, Gott) was 
born 14 July 1911. Only eight years old when her mother died, 
she never left the home farm, where, after her older sisters left 
home, she took care of her father until he died. She married 
Claude (Bud) Lyle Warner, who was born 6 August 1916, in 
Berlin, Wisconsin, the son of Levi and Eversol Warner. The 
children, all born in Appleton, are: 

Oliver Ray Warner, born 13 March 1929 
Donald Earl Warner, born 10 February 1939 
Esther Ruth Warner, born 7 December 1946 

Bud and Esther own and operate the home Abendroth farm, which 
has been in the family over sixty-three years, and is now located 
within the city limits of Appleton, Wisconsin. 

Frederick (Fritz) Albert Marquardt4 (Louise, Albert, 
Gott) was born 7 June 1904, at Wausau, Wisconsin. Fritz 



64 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

remembers many boyhood visits on the farm of his grand- 
parents, Albert and Anna Griepp. Together with his half 
brother Herbert, his cousins Henry and Elmer Abendroth, they 
spent some happy summer days on the farm, sometimes drafted 
to chop weeds in the garden and cornfields, more often free to 
try cowboy pranks on the livestock. On tape, Fritz told me of 
one episode: 

One night we were standing on the manure spreader, watching 
Grandma milking cows in the barnyard — before the days of 
stanchions in the barn — when we dared Henry or Elmer to jump 
on the back of the cow Grandma was milking. He did, the cow 
jumped, the milk pail and stool flew, Grandma landed in the 
mess, and we boys caught "hell" from Grandpa. 

Fritz worked in a bakery in Tomahawk, and then managed a 
bakery in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. On 27 April 1937, at Bessemer 
in northern Michigan, he married Effie Viola Henderson, born 
7 May 1903, in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, then Indian territory. Her 
parents were John and Nellie Billings Henderson. Fritz and Effie 
have no children. Despite handicaps such as surgery on a growth 
on his forehead, and a broken back several years later which 
confined him to a wheelchair, Fritz with the help of his wife has 
operated a tavern successfully in Muscatine, Iowa. They have 
traveled extensively, primarily in Texas and Florida, Mexico and 
Canada. They have a lovely home in Muscatine, in which Fritz 
speeds around in his wheelchair. 

Edwin Julius Frank Marquardt4 (Louise, Albert, Gott) 
was born 13 February 1907, in Wausau, Wisconsin. He attended 
Stout Institute, Menominee, Wisconsin. He taught aircraft main- 
tenance in the Racine Vocational School during the years 1942-48, 
and was also a flight instructor and a member of the Civil Air 
Patrol. From 1948 until his retirement he was the safety director 
for Owens-Illinois Paper Mill in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, also 
serving as their pilot. He was a member of the Tomahawk Voca- 
tional School Board from 1950 to 1967, serving several years as 
president. From 1967 to 1978 he was a member of the board of 



The Fourth Generation 65 

the Nicolet District of the Wisconsin Vocational and Technical 
Adult Education System. 

On 28 October 1933, in Superior, Wisconsin, he married 
Dorothy Verna Elmslie, born 8 June 1909, in Superior, the 
daughter of Gordon and Frances M. Percival Elmslie, Jr. They 
have two sons, both born in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. 

Edwin Gordon Marquardt, born 19 September 1937 
David Frederick Marquardt, born 25 August 1942 

Since 1948 they have made their home in Tomahawk. Edwin 
died 8 September 1978, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, 
Tomahawk, Wisconsin. 

Lawrence Henry Marquardt4 (Louise, Albert, Gott) was 
born 22 December 1908 in Wausau, Wisconsin. He studied 
aviation, and flew his own private plane for several years. On 
31 October 1936, at Augusta, Wisconsin, he married Marian 
Elizabeth Paddock, born 17 May 1908, in Augusta, the daughter 
of Myron E. and Wilhelmina J. Schroeder Paddock. They have 
no children. Lawrence has worked most of his life as a carpenter. 
Marian taught school for several years. They are retired and 
living in Augusta, Wisconsin. 

Theodore Carl Marquardt4 (Louise, Albert, Gott) was 
born 12 June 1912, in Wausau, Wisconsin. On 9 January 1937 
he married Mercedes DeNamur, born 16 October 1918, in Green 
Bay, the daughter of Frank and Kathrine Klaver DeNamur. Ted 
and Mercedes have five children, all born in Wisconsin. 

Joan Katherine Marquardt, born 12 February 1939, Toma- 
hawk 
Gail Louise Marquardt, born 4 April 1945, Sheboygan 
Dennis Carl Marquardt, born 23 February 1947, Sheboygan 
Mary Elizabeth Marquardt, born 24 October 1951, Toma- 
hawk 
Thomas Fred Marquardt, born 6 August 1957, Tomahawk 



66 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Ted operated the Marquardt's Bakery, in Tomahawk, from 1948 
until his recent retirement. The family make their home in a 
spacious house he built on the Wisconsin River. 

Ruth Johanna Marquardt4 (Louise, Albert, Gott) was 
born 27 February 1915, in Wausau, Wisconsin. She graduated 
from Lincoln County Normal School in 1935, and from North Cen- 
tral Bible College in 1941, and taught school in Heafford Junction, 
Wisconsin. On 28 June 1942, at Forest Hills, Louisiana, she 
married LeRoy Vernon Sorenson, born 28 April 1915 in Chicago, 
the son of Carl Sorenson of Malmo, Sweden, and Lena Nilsen 
of Oslo, Norway. LeRoy worked in a CCC Camp in the late 
thirties, helping to build Rib Hill State Park. He enlisted in the 
U.S. Army in September 1940, and became a company mess 
sergeant, serving as cadre for the 82nd, 101st, and 17th Airborne 
Divisions. Sent overseas in 1944, he participated in the Ardennes, 
Rhineland, and Central Europe battlefields. After discharge in 
1945 he rejoined his family in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, and has 
since been employed by Owens-Illinois Paper Mill. On his thirtieth 
birthday, Ruth presented him with their daughter. 

Donna Ruth Sorenson, born 28 April 1945, Tomahawk 

LeRoy and Ruth have been active in various positions within 
the local Assembly of God. Recently they have built a two-story 
log house, on Lake Clara, which was featured in the Lincoln 
County Leader in 1977 for its unique fireplace heat exchanger 
and water heater, designed by LeRoy. They spend their summers 
in Wisconsin, and winters in Denver, Colorado. 

Alice Louise Marquardt4 (Louise, Albert, Gott) was born 
27 March 1917, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. On 2 December 1944, 
in Muscatine, Iowa, she married James Emil Burroughs, born 
2 November 1918, in Muscatine, the son of Thomas and Mabel 
Kranz Burroughs. They have no children. Alice worked for 
twenty-five years as a finished goods inspector for Fletcher Plastic, 
and is now retired. James is an inventory supervisor at the J. B. 
Heinz factory in Muscatine, where they make their home. 



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Genevieve Anna Marquardt4 (Louise, Albert, Gott) was 
born 16 August 1919, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. She is a licensed 
practical nurse. On 31 August 1942, she married Warren Swenson, 
born 14 April 1921. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942 
to 1963, and retired as a major. They have two children. 

Mary Louise Swenson, born 10 September 1943 
Dale Russell Swenson, born 23 May 1951 

Warren is a housing appraiser for the city of Clearwater, Florida, 
and Genevieve works as a nurse. They live in Largo, Florida. 

Katherine Mildred Griepp4 (Albert R., Albert, Gott) 
was born 26 December 1926, at Bonduel, Wisconsin. She grew 
up on the ancestral Griepp farm, which her father operated 
during the years 1926-48. On 12 February 1951 she married 
Anthony (Tony)Loesch. They have one daughter. 

Shannon Kay Loesch, born 13 May 1958 

Anthony died in an auto accident in Wisconsin on 14 August 
1965. Katherine has worked as a hostess, and has recently married 
Warren Smith. They make their home in Pasadena, California. 

Edwin Gustave Griepp4 (Gust, Albert, Gott) was born 
28 October 1920, at Glad Valley, South Dakota. He enlisted in 
the U.S. Army in 1946, joined the 11th Airborne Division in 
Hokkaido, Japan, and made eleven parachute jumps; he was 
discharged in 1948 as a sergeant. On 14 May 1949, at Revillo, 
South Dakota, he married Violet Ruth Claudy, born 10 December 
1927, in Watertown, South Dakota, the daughter of Oscar and 
Anna Davis Claudy. Violet earned her B.S. in Elementary Educa- 
tion at Northern State College, Aberdeen, South Dakota, in 1969, 
and her M.A. in Administration in 1974 at the same college. She 
is a schoolteacher and administrator. She and Edwin have three 
daughters, all born in Sisseton, South Dakota. 



68 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Nancy Lea, born 23 December 1950 
Wanda Joy, born 12 April 1952 
Anna Louise, born 18 December 1953 

Edwin is a farmer and rancher, near Waubay, South Dakota, 
where they make their home. 

Leslie Jerome Olson4 (Elsie, Albert, Gott) was born 9 
July 1914, Town of Lessor, Shawano, Wisconsin. He has worked 
as a carpenter and mason on a number of large construction 
projects in the U.S. During the years 1947 to 1954 he operated 
a grocery store north of Shawano, Wisconsin. He drove an oil 
delivery route for Walco Oil Co. for ten years, and also owned 
and operated two farms west of Shawano, which he sold in 1978. 
On 13 May 1967 he married Ebba Svendsen Kleeman, born 24 
December 1913, at Frankville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Arthur 
and Nilsine M. Sorensen Svendsen. [Ebba had four children by 
her first marriage; Richard A., Karel J., Ervin W., and Janet C] 
Les has no children. Les and Ebba live in Shawano, Wisconsin. 

Robert Levi Olson4 (Elsie, Albert, Gott) was born 22 
December 1917. He was drafted in March 1941, spent two and a 
half years as a military policeman at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and in 
1943 went overseas with the 187th Aviation Engineer Battalion, 
serving in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan. Since his 
discharge in late 1945, he has been working as a carpenter. On 
8 June 1946 he married Arlene Margaret Johnson, born 14 
November 1923, the daughter of Charles Berger Johnson and 
Anna M. Johnson. Robert and Arlene have three children, the 
first two born in Wisconsin and the third in Illinois. 

Janet Ann Olson, born 12 December 1946, Green Bay 
Shirley Jean Olson, born 17 November 1950, Green Bay 
Arlen Robert Olson, born 1 1 August 1956, Evanston 

Arlene operates her own catering service in the Winnetka, Illinois, 
area. Robert built their own lovely home in Northfield, Illinois, 
where they make their home. 



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Arno Kendall Olson4 (Elsie, Albert, Gott) was born 12 
March 1920. He served three years during World War II in 
Naval Air in the U.S. Navy. On 2 April 1945, at St. John's Luth- 
eran Church in Mattoon, Wisconsin, he married Eleanor Evelyn 
Jahnke, born 15 September 1920 in Mattoon, the daughter of 
Lawrence H. and Magdalene W. Waidelich Jahnke. They have 
no children, but Eleanor has had years of experience with chil- 
dren; she has taught school continuously since 1941. Arno and 
Eleanor own and operate a 320-acre dairy farm north of Clin- 
tonville, Wisconsin. Milking fifty cows, they do their share to 
keep America fed. 

Harris Clayton Olson4 (Elsie, Albert, Gott) was born 
31 March 1923. On 12 October 1946, in a double wedding 
ceremony with his sister Iris, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church 
in Lessor, Shawano County, he married Leone Saunders, born 
10 October 1925 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the daughter of 
Samuel R. and Eva Shusky Saunders. They have one son, born 
in Green Bay. 

Richard Harris Olson, born 26 September 1948 

They make their home on a farm near Pulaski, Wisconsin. 

Iris Marie Olson4 (Elsie, Albert, Gott) was born 20 
August 1927 at Pulaski, Wisconsin. On 12 October 1946 she 
married Louis John Niemeyer, born 15 August 1921, at La 
Porte City, Iowa, the son of Henry A. and Mary Boldt Niemeyer. 
Louis is a retired U.S. Navy veteran; he was in the submarine 
service in World War II and a chief hospital corpsman in the 
Korean War. He was an associate engineer with Hughes Aircraft, 
from which he has retired. Louis and Iris have four children. 

Sandra Joy Niemeyer, born 12 July 1948, St. Charles, Missouri 

Judith Ann Niemeyer, born 17 February 1950, Bremerton, 
Washington 

David Alan Niemeyer, born 30 August 1954, Portsmouth, 
Virginia 

Valerie Jean Niemeyer, born 12 May 1959, Orange, Cali- 
fornia 



70 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Since moving to California, Iris attended Orange Coast College 
for three years, received her broker's license, won the "Realtor 
of the Year" award, and is the manager of the Tustin office of 
the Red Carpet Realtors. She was given a fifteen-line notice in 
Marquis's Who's Who in 1975. The family home is in Tustin, 
California. 

Ezra Arthur Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 11 
October 1923, at Bonduel, Wisconsin. Ezra enlisted in the Navy 
in 1944, and after a few months' service in the Pacific area was 
selected for the Navy V-12 advanced training program, and he 
subsequently received his B.A. in Business from Northwestern 
University, Evanston, Illinois, and was commissioned an ensign. 
After his military service he entered the life insurance business 
and is general agent for the Midland National Life Insurance 
Co. at Aberdeen. South Dakota. On 14 May 1948, at Watertown, 
South Dakota, he married Verna Mary Bolhouse, born 10 Feb- 
ruary 1922 at Castlewood. South Dakota, the daughter of 
Arthur and Elsie H. Franklin Bolhouse. Ezra and Verna have 
four children, all born in Watertown, South Dakota. 

Roberta Jean, born 14 March 1949 
Douglas Arthur, born 11 July 1951 
Roger Allen, born 21 November 1953 
Richard Lee. born 12 July 1955 

Aaron George Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 19 
March 1925 at Bonduel, Wisconsin. Aaron grew up on the 
homesteaded farm near Glad Valley, South Dakota, staying until 
1936 when the family moved to the Lake City area to resume 
farming. On 21 September 1946, at Sisseton, South Dakota, he 
married Alice Hovland, born 14 September 1926, at Waubay, 
South Dakota. They have four children, all born in South Dakota. 

Violet Jane, born 22 October 1948. Webster 
Paul Aaron, born 17 September 1950, Webster 
Dale Curtis, born 13 December 1955, Watertown 
Carol Joy, born 17 September 1958, Watertown 



The Fourth Generation 71 

Aaron is the general agent for the Midland National Life Insur- 
ance Co. in Watertown, South Dakota, where the family make 
their home. 

Wilma Louise Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 20 
October 1926, Glad Valley, South Dakota. On 19 June 1948 
she married Victor Ernest Mastley, born 24 December 1926, 
at St. Michael, Minnesota. Victor and Wilma have four children, 
all born in Minneapolis. 

Nancy Victoria Mastley, born 2 October 1949 
Jeffrey Anthony Mastley, born 18 May 1951 
Thomas David Mastley, born 13 February 1956 
Patrick James Mastley, born 9 December 1959 

Wilma is a director and distributor of sales for International 
Business Associates, and Victor is vice-president of Materials 
Adhesive Methods, Inc., of Hopkins, Minnesota. The family 
home is in Osseo, Minnesota. 

Marian Lorraine Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 
25 January 1928 at Glad Valley, South Dakota. In Watertown, 
South Dakota, she married Herman Larsen, born 13 May 1926. 
They have six children. 

LaDonna Kay Larsen, born 30 August 1951 
Linda Rae Larsen, born 18 October 1953(?) 
Sandra Renea Larsen, born 30 August 1955 
Deborah Lee Larsen, born 2 October 1956 
Patricia Jo Larsen, born 26 July 1958 (?) 
Mark Herman Larsen, born 27 December 1961 

Marian and Herman operate Larsen's Ceramics, a business in 
Hot Springs, Arkansas, their hometown. Herman is also active 
in real estate and securities sales. 

Phillip Alexander Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 
21 March 1929, at Glad Valley, South Dakota. He was drafted 



72 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

into the U.S. Army in March 1951 and spent most of the next 
two years with the 70th Engineer Battalion in St. Johan, Austria, 
and was discharged as a staff sergeant. On 9 June 1956 at Osseo, 
Minnesota, he married Beverly Jean Hiller, born 26 January 
1937 in Osseo. They have two children, both born in Minneapolis. 

Steven Phillip, born 26 July 1960 
Cheryl Ann, born 25 March 1963 

Phillip was an Osseo city policeman for several years, and now 
is the utilities inspector for the city of Maple Grove, Minnesota. 
Beverly operates her own Bev's Beauty Shop. The family lives 
in Osseo, Minnesota. 

James Arnold Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 4 
April 1932, Glad Valley, South Dakota. He graduated from 
Central Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, in 1954, was ordained 
by the Assemblies of God in 1956, pastored in Philadelphia 
from 1958 to 1973, New Kensington, Pennsylvania, from 1973 
to 1976, and since 1977 has been pastor of Berean Church in 
Houston, Texas. On 2 October 1954, in Akron, Ohio, he married 
Victoria Ann Armstrong, born 19 February 1930 in Brooklyn, 
New York, the daughter of Ray S. and Clara E. Hill Armstrong. 
They have five children. 

Becky Lynn, born 16 August 1955, Britton, South Dakota 
James Bradley, born 31 January 1958, Keyser, West Virginia 
Deborah Dorcas, born 5 July 1959, Philadelphia, Pennsyl- 
vania 
Victoria Susan, born 11 December 1962, Philadelphia, Penn- 
sylvania 
Arthur Armstrong, born 12 February 1968, Abingdon, Penn- 
sylvania 

The family make their home in Spring, Texas. 

Allen Otto Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 11 July 
1934, at Glad Valley, South Dakota. On 8 April 1955, in 



The Fourth Generation 73 

Watertown, South Dakota, he married Marjorie Ann Adolph, 
born 30 June 1939, in Deuel County, South Dakota, the 
daughter of Anthony and Anna Thrun Adolph. They have four 
children. 



Janice Elaine, born 27 November 1955 
Pamella Rae, born 20 November 1957 
Kathy Jo, born 9 August 1959 
Larry Allen, born 1961 

The children were all born in Watertown, South Dakota, where 
the family lives. 

David Darrel Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 17 
August 1935, at Glad Valley, South Dakota. He was drafted into 
the U.S. Army in 1954 and spent most of his two-year duty 
with the 385th Military Police Battalion in Stuttgart, Germany. On 
3 July 1960, at Independence, Missouri, he married Wanda 
Lea Butz, born 18 July 1937 at Milbank, South Dakota, the 
daughter of Lloyd H. and Beulah M. Brown Butz. They make 
their home in Wayzata, Minnesota, where Dave operates a de- 
livery route for Nabisco. 

Alice Martina Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 28 
February 1938, in Watertown, South Dakota. On 18 August 
1956, at the Assembly of God, Watertown, South Dakota, she 
married Virgil Henry Schlotte, born 10 February 1934 at Web- 
ster, South Dakota, the son of Henry and Gladys Ludtke Schlotte. 
Alice is the fourth child of Art Griepp to have four children. 

Randall Virgil Schlotte, born 3 August 1957, Webster 
Rodney Paul Schlotte, born 19 September 1958, Webster 
Barbara Faye Schlotte, born 6 November 1959, Webster 
Betsy Jo Schlotte, born 28 November 1962, Minneapolis 

Virgil is a foreman at ITT, Hopkins, Minnesota, and Alice is an 
Amway distributor. Their home is in the rural town of Cokato, 
Minnesota. 



74 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Emerson Clinton Harris4 (Anna, Albert, Gott) was born 
13 March 1924, in Glad Valley, South Dakota. He grew up to 
love the quiet life of ranching on the wide open spaces and never 
left the homestead of his birthplace. On 7 June 1946, in the 
Congregational Church, in Pierre, South Dakota, he married 
Betty Berniece Brinkman, born 30 August 1929, in Isabel, South 
Dakota, the daughter of Fred H. and Alvina K. Straub Brinkman. 
Emerson and Betty had six children, all born in South Dakota. 

Rebecca Ann Harris, born 18 January 1947, Mobridge 

Vern Allen Harris, born 27 April 1948, Mobridge 

Mona Jill Harris, born 4 March 1950, Mobridge; died 6 

June 1950 
Barton Thomas Harris, born 11 April 1953, Isabel 
James Emerson Harris, born 8 July 1954, Isabel i . 
John Clinton Harris, born 8 July 1954, Isabel ) 

After spending his life raising cattle and sheep, Emerson joined 
the Great Shepherd on 5 July 1977. He died of a brain tumor, 
in Hettinger, North Dakota, and is buried at Hillview Cemetery, 
Isabel, South Dakota. Since then, Betty has completed nurses' 
training in Pierre, South Dakota, and with her second husband, 
Mackay, lives in Faith, South Dakota. 

Elaine Jean Marie Harris4 (Anna, Albert, Gott) was 
born 7 July 1926, in Glad Valley, South Dakota. On 9 January 
1945, in Isabel, South Dakota, she married Thomas Earl Rogers, 
born 23 March 1923, in Isabel. Thomas and Elaine have the 
full dozen children, the first eight born in South Dakota, and the 
last four in Minnesota. 

Kathryn Marie Rogers, born 24 April 1946, Mobridge 
Gary Thomas Rogers, born 4 November 1947, Mobridge 
John Clinton Rogers, born 10 February 1950, Mobridge 
Daniel Paul Rogers, born 19 August 1951, Pierre 
Madonna Joy Rogers, born 2 April 1953, Miller 
Mary Elizabeth Rogers, born 28 March 1955, Miller 
Michael James Rogers, born 3 February 1957, Mobridge » 
Mark Jeffrey Rogers, born 3 February 1957, Mobridge ) 
(twins) 



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Carol Ann Rogers, born 27 May 1960, Minneapolis 
Deborah Jean Rogers, born 24 February 1962, Minneapolis 
Theresa Louise Rogers, born 9 August 1963, Minneapolis 
Joel Francis Rogers, born 20 March 1965, Minneapolis 

Home for the family is in the rural area of Osseo, Minnesota. 

Priscilla Ruth Griepp4 (Rudolph, Albert, Gott) was born 
8 August 1922, Brookings, South Dakota. She earned her B.A. 
in Education at Northern State College, Aberdeen, South Dakota, 
and her M.A., also in Education, at the same college, in 1970. 
She teaches special education at Doland, South Dakota. On 14 
June 1961, at Sisseton, South Dakota, she married Samuel 
Alden Hoy, born 14 February 1920, in Gary, South Dakota, the 
son of Charles R. and Mary Kerr Raleigh Hoy. They have no 
children. Samuel received his M.A. in Music from the University 
of South Dakota in Vermillion, in 1955. He has taught music 
and history for twenty-six years, and is now a foreman with 
True-Temp Mfg., Watertown, South Dakota. Their home is in a 
shady little village on Lake Preston, South Dakota. 

Charles William Griepp4 (Rudy, Albert, Gott) was born 
26 August 1926, at Dupree, South Dakota. Charles was drafted 
in December 1950, sent to Korea in April 1951, and served with 
the 728th Military Police Battalion. He is a city patrolman in 
Sisseton, South Dakota, and also drives a school bus. On 22 Octo- 
ber 1960, at Sisseton, he married Janet Yvonne Tasa, born 18 
December 1941, in Sisseton, the daughter of Oliver K. and Violet 
V. Dahlin Tasa. Janet attended the National College of Business in 
Rapid City, South Dakota, and is employed at the county auditor's 
office. Charles and Janet have five children. 



Jodi Rae, born 16 May 1960 
Bradley Charles, born 19 December 1962 
Kristy Lynn, born 18 April 1964 
Ritchy Allen, born 24 October 1969 
Robyn Lea, born 8 March 1972 



76 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

The children were all born in Sisseton. The family lives in the 
same farmhouse that has been home to Charles since he was ten. 

Grace Gertrude Griepp4 (Rudy, Albert, Gott) was born 
8 April 1928, Glad Valley, South Dakota. She attended Northern 
State College at Aberdeen, South Dakota, and taught school 
for three years. On 9 February 1951, at Browns Valley, Minne- 
sota, she married Marvin Ordean Aadland, born 24 May 1928, 
in Clara City, South Dakota, the son of Lars L. and Clara Nelson 
Aadland. They have five children, all born in Sisseton, South 
Dakota. 

Marlow Ordean Aadland, born 13 January 1952 
Mark Allen Aadland, born 4 February 1954 
Craig Richard Aadland, born 6 April 1956 
Naomi Kay Aadland, born 24 October 1958 
Dale Lynn Aadland, born 21 March 1962 

Grace is a saleslady at Stavig's Department Store, and Marvin 
has been with the South Dakota Department of Highways for 
the past twenty-seven years. The family lives in Sisseton, South 
Dakota. 

Noel Judson Griepp4 (Rudy, Albert, Gott) was born 29 
October 1929, in Glad Valley, South Dakota. He never married, 
and lives in Sisseton, South Dakota. 

Jorden Lynn Debban4 (Esther, Albert, Gott) was born 26 
December 1918, in Bonduel, Wisconsin. He received his B.A. 
from McKendree College, Lebanon, Illinois, in 1942, and Doctor 
of Chiropractic from Bebout College of Chiropractic, Indian- 
apolis, Indiana, in 1949. On 25 May 1946 he married Ruth Lee 
Goodin, born 21 March 1924, the daughter of Thomas A. and 
Mattie L. Jones Goodin. They have two children. 

Byron Lynn Debban, born 14 May 1948, Lebanon, Kentucky 
Judy Kay Debban, born 25 June 1950, Aberdeen, Mississippi 



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Jorden is a practicing chiropractor in Shelton, Washington, where 
they make their home, and is also president of Twilight Develop- 
ment, engaged in senior-citizen housing construction. 

Marlowe Duane Debban4 (Esther, Albert, Gott) was born 
7 October 1923, Bonduel, Wisconsin. On 14 October 1944, in 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he married Ann Congelliere, born 27 
February 1924, the daughter of Nunzio and Jennie Provinciana 
Congelliere. They have three daughters, all born in Wisconsin. 

Barbara Joan Debban, born 18 September 1948, Weyau- 

wega 
Carla Jean Debban, born 13 October 1950, Bonduel 
Yvonne Esther Debban, born 21 September 1953, Milwaukee 

Marlowe studied to be a mortician and is a licensed funeral 
director. He is manager of McMillan Mortuary in Gardena, 
California, and owns the firm of Long Beach Mortuary Service. 
Ann is secretary for the Centinella Valley Union High School 
district. They make their home in Lawndale, California. 

George Griepp4 (Elmer, Ferdinand, Gott) was born in 
1948. He is married to Linda Gayle Owens, born 6 April 1951. 
They have one son. 

Timothy Frederick, born 31 August 1970 

They make their home in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he 
operates the Hot Springs Service Company. 

James Edward Griepp4 (Elmer, Ferdinand, Gott) was born 
19 June 1955, in Chicago, Illinois. He lives in Hot Springs, 
Arkansas. 

Johannes Carl Ferdinand Hintz4 (Robert Hintz, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 24 January 1887, in Hintz, Wisconsin, the first 
child of Robert and Martha Darrow Hintz. On 10 April 1916, 



78 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

in Oconto county, he married Esther Bertha Behm, born 10 
April 1 899 in Wisconsin, the daughter of Herman H. and Martha 
Schmidt Behm (Vital Records, Oconto County). They had six 
children, the first child born in Montana and the others in 
Wisconsin (there is no record of birthplace for Everett John). 

Hazel Helen Hintz, born 20 August 1917, Poplar 
Evelyn Bertha Amelia Hintz, born 7 March 1921, Ingram 
Everett John Hintz, born 25 January 1925 
Mavis Alma Hintz, born 14 September 1929, Hintz 
Abigail Ruth Hintz, born 4 February 1936, West De Pere 
Esther Jean Hintz, born 16 April 1940, West De Pere 

Johannes died 24 April 1963 at West De Pere, Wisconsin; Esther 
died 28 November 1968. Both are buried in the Underhill 
cemetery. 

Helen Johanna Augusta Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born Leap Year Day, 1888, at Underhill, Wisconsin. 
She married Newton Darms, a lumber scaler. They had two 
children. 

Lorraine Darms, born ca. 1910; died at age 6, Regina, Wis- 
consin 
Elaine Darms, born ca. 1912 

Helen died 21 June 1967; her funeral was conducted at Wee 
Kirk of the Heather, and she is buried in Forest Lawn, Glendale, 
California. 

Hedwig (Hattie) Hulda Amalie Hintz4 (Robert Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) was born 21 June 1889. She married George 
Robert Sloat, a railroad man who worked most of his life for 
the Chicago Northwestern Railway, first in Antigo, Wisconsin, 
and then in Chicago where he was transferred in 1928. Hattie's 
younger brother, Reuben, tells me that he was the "courier" for 
George and Hattie's courtship. They had four children, all born 
in Antigo, Wisconsin. 



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Floyd Robert Sloat, born 3 April 1915 
Lorraine Frances Sloat, born 6 February 1917 
Alsace Harriet Sloat, born 2 September 1918 
Earl Norman Sloat, born 30 May 1924 

George Sloat died in 1954, in an auto accident. Hedwig died 
27 July 1962. 

Margret Augusta Elizabeth Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 7 March 1891. She married Chester Stephen 
McDonald, born 9 May 1892 at Florence, Wisconsin. They had 
six children, all born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Ora Hintz McDonald, born 6 October 1921 
Shirley Joy McDonald, born 27 April 1924 
Ronald Chester McDonald, born 22 June 1926 
Chester Ronald McDonald, born 11 August 1928 
James Lee McDonald, born 12 October 1931 
Robert Hintz McDonald, born 17 August 1936 

Both Margret and Chester had some business education. Chester 
was a man of many interests. At various times he operated 
logging camps, gasoline stations, a taxicab business, a lumberyard, 
and a hardware store, all in the Green Bay area. He was also a 
builder, building warehouses for the paper mills, houses in Green 
Bay, the road across the Green Bay west side slough, highway 
bridges, and the docks for the Kewaunee ferry station. He died 
15 August 1960; Margret died 19 November 1965. Both are 
buried in the Allouez Cemetery, Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Robert Fredrick August Hintz, Jr.4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 23 January 1893. He married Alma Pehlke, 
born 22 October 1897, in Bowler, Wisconsin. They had eight 
children, probably all born in Wisconsin. 

Gordon Howard Hintz, born 16 September 1916, Regina 
Lorraine Orpha Hintz, born 30 April 1918 
Phyllis Geneva Hintz, born 13 November 1919 
Forest Vincent Hintz, born 23 June 1921 (?) 



80 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Howard Gordon Hintz, born 8 July 1924 1 
Betty Agnes Hintz, born 17 April 1929, Underhill 
Robert Lee Hintz, born 10 October 1931, Underhill 
Jackie Joyce Hintz, born 15 October 1935, Underhill 

Alma died in 1973; the name on her tombstone is given as Elma. 
Robert died 11 February 1974. Both are buried in the Underhill 
cemetery. 

Ruth Elizabeth Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, Gott) was 
born 21 April 1894, at Underhill, Wisconsin. On 11 December 
1919 she married Norman Joseph McDonald, born 6 December 
1894, in Florence, Wisconsin, a brother of Chester McDonald. 
These brothers were sons of Ranald and Wilhelmine Wompher 
McDonald. Ruth and Norman had two children, both born in 
Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Gregor Ronald McDonald, born 29 December 1926 
Dawn Ruth McDonald, born 2 March 1929 

Ruth and Norman lived most of their lives in Green Bay, or in 
Oneida, just west. Norman died 23 July 1965, in Milwaukee, 
Wisconsin, and is buried in Nicollet Memorial Cemetery, Green 
Bay. Ruth now makes her home in Honolulu, but does travel. 
She has given me much information on the Hintz family. 

Martha Alma Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 
19 January 1896, in Underhill, Wisconsin. On 16 September 
1920, in Menominee, Michigan, she married Earl E. Buss, born 
26 August 1899, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Emil F. 
and Emilie Frankenkow Buss. They had no children. Earl, a 
graduate of Green Bay Business College, was a banker in Clinton- 
ville, Wisconsin, until the 1933 bank holiday. In 1934 Earl and 
Martha and her brother Reuben Hintz and his wife moved to 
California, driving Earl's Packard auto, and towing Reuben's 
Studebaker loaded with their baggage and some household goods. 
Earl found work as a streetcar conductor in the Los Angeles 

!Vital Records, Oconto County. 



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Interurban system, and later entered the savings and loan business. 
Before he retired he was the controller and assistant secretary 
of the Wilshire Federal Savings and Loan Association. Martha 
and Earl make their home in Burbank, California. 

Ora Louise Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 
11 March 1898, at Underhill, Wisconsin.- She married Ward 
Elson Lawrence, about 1920. They had one daughter. 

Gloria Willa Lawrence, born 14 April 1927 

Ward died in December 1926, before his child was born. Ora 
made her home for several years with her sister Martha, who 
helped to care for Gloria. Ora died 15 October 1949, and was 
buried from the Wee Kirk of the Heather in Glendale, California. 

Henry Frederick Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, Gott) was 
born 29 June 1899, in Underhill, Wisconsin. On 14 November 
1927, in St. Mary's Church in Algoma, Wisconsin, he married 
Charlotte Peterson, born 30 September 1906 in Forestville, 
Wisconsin, to the George Petersons. They have three children, 
all born in Algoma. 

Gerald Leland Hintz, born 14 June 1928 
George Marnel Hintz, born 4 September 1929 
June Yvonne Hintz, born 23 October 1934 

Henry was employed by U.S. Plywood, in Algoma, Wisconsin, 
and retired in 1964, after thirty years of service. For the next 
seven years, Henry and Charlotte operated a dairy farm in Oconto 
County, then moved back to a Door County farm. Upon the 
celebration of their fiftieth wedding anniversary the Algoma News 
eulogized them for their extensive work with children, including 
their own grandchildren, in acquainting them with the fun of 
caring for farm animals, growing crops, and gardens on the farm. 
It appears that Henry is happily retired to rural living. 

2 Vital Records, Oconto County. 



82 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Reuben Fredrick Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, Gott) was 
born 23 December 1903, at Hintz. He attended Business College 
in Green Bay, and there enlisted in the National Guard in 1921, 
mostly because he could earn one dollar for each Monday night 
drill attended. His two weeks of active duty in the summer of 
1921 were with a Field Artillery unit, with 75 mm guns, at Camp 
Douglas, Wisconsin. Though the guns were small by present 
standards, they were so heavy and cumbersome that six cavalry 
horses were used to move them. The summer of 1922 he spent 
his two weeks at a camp near Battle Creek, Michigan, training 
with 155 mm guns. After that he enlisted in the Regular Army 
for two years duty in the Philippines. While waiting for two 
months for the National Guard to discharge him, however, he 
found work as a civilian cook and baker at the Officers' Mess at 
Fort Sheridan, Illinois, so he never entered the Regular Army. 
Some years later, due to what Reuben calls "chronic unemploy- 
ment" he took a job as a dishwasher in a Milwaukee restaurant. 
In January of 1926 he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard for a 
two-year stint. He was assigned to the U.S. Life Saving Service, 
and after training in boatmanship, spent the two years "patrolling 
the surf in readiness to rescue those in distress" on Lake Michigan, 
out of Milwaukee and Kenosha. 

In 1928 and 1929 he helped his father operate the Red Bank 
farm on the Oconto River. One summer, about 1929, he signed 
a contract with Underhill Lumber Co. to reclaim logs from the 
Oconto River, logs which had been driven into the sandy river 
bottom in log jams and had remained there, some as long as 
forty years. Working off of scows and rafts, he, with his brother 
John and his Uncle Ed, would break out the kingpin log which 
held many other logs imbedded, and then all the logs would 
float to the surface, as sound and marketable as ever. The summer 
of 1930 he built a house on the Weber farm, using leftover, out- 
size bricks from his grandfather's brick yard to build the chimney. 
In 1934, with a new bride, he was trying door-to-door selling, 
when he decided to go to California, where he had heard that 
"one could starve to death without freezing to death at the same 
time." There he found work selling bread and pastries for the 



The Fourth Generation 83 

Perfection Bakery and Davis Bread companies, using a Ford, 
Model A, to make home deliveries. Later he was employed by the 
Pacific Electric Railway, which became the Southern Pacific, from 
1935 to 1972, and from which he retired. In 1942 he was drafted, 
and spent the war years in the Army Air Corps, in Air-Sea 
Rescue, and now holds a pilot's license. 

On 16 January 1934, at Elkhart, Indiana, he married Nadine 
Alice Mitchell, and was divorced in 1941. On 6 January 1945 
at Clearwater, Florida, he married Mary Ellen Knight, born 12 
January 1918, and died 29 March 1959. On 24 December 1966 
he married Celia Delgado Salorio, born 30 October 1929 in 
Jalisco, Mexico. There are no children of any marriage. Reuben 
lives in Alhambra, California, but spends summers at his cottage 
near Algoma, Wisconsin. He is also an elder in the Church of 
Latter Day Saints. My thanks to Reuben for this vignette of the 
1920 to 1950 decades. 

Walter Oscar Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 
20 April 1905, in Underhill, Wisconsin. 3 On 18 April 1927, in 
Chicago, he married Laura Helen Maedke, born 13 November 
1907. To this union were born five children, possibly all at 
Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Kenneth Walter Hintz, born 20 July 1928; died in 1928 

Walter Floyd Hintz, born 4 January 1930 

Donald Keith Hintz, born 31 October 1932 

Lynn Marie Hintz, born 3 July 1935 

James Hintz, born 25 April 1944; died 18 October 1945 

Walter died 7 November 1968, and is buried in the Underhill 
cemetery. Laura lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Berneda Maria Lorraine FIintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 9 January 1917, the only child of Robert Hintz 
and his second wife. She married Philip Herbert Erickson, born 
11 January 1921, in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, the son of 

3 Vital Records, Oconto County. 



84 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Herbert and Edith Anderson Erickson. Their two daughters, both 
born in Baileys Harbor, are: 

LoAnn Marie Erickson, born 25 October 1944 
Susan Janet Erickson, born 2 September 1948 

Philip and Berneda were engaged in the growing of everbearing 
strawberries from 1946 to 1974, marketing them under the name 
of Hy-Land Gardens. Philip is now employed by the Gordon 
Lodge resort. 

Paul Emil Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 
10 February 1889, in Cecil, Wisconsin, the first of ten children 
of William and Augusta Hintz Krueger. On 29 September 1910, 
in St. John's Lutheran Church in Rib Lake, Wisconsin, he married 
Helena Louise Bleck, born 30 March 1889, at Cecil, Wisconsin, 
the daughter of Herman Bleck. Paul and Helena had three 
children. 

Keith Kendall Krueger, born 4 December 1912 
Alden Glenroy Krueger, born 14 January 1920 
Virginia Krueger, born 1922 

Paul spent some time with the U.S. Forestry Service in Wisconsin. 
In 1933 he began work as a machinist with Kimberly-Clark Corp. 
in Munising, Michigan, retiring at the age of seventy-two. I have 
been told that Paul and his brother Elmer assumed responsibility 
for the younger brothers' and sisters' college educations. 

Helena died 4 June 1934, at Wausau, Wisconsin, and is buried 
in Lake View Cemetery, Rib Lake, Wisconsin. Paul died 11 
March 1974, in Munising, Michigan, and is buried in that city in 
the Maple Grove Cemetery. 

Elmer Frank John Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 20 September 1891. He married Anna Pauline Hauch, 
born 27 January 1901, Rib Lake, Wisconsin, the daughter of 
Herman and Geissel Hauch. Elmer served in both world wars, 



The Fourth Generation 85 

held a commission in the Ordnance Corps, and remained active 
in the Army Reserves. Elmer and Anna had three children, all 
born in Wisconsin. 

Shirley Marie Krueger, born 8 September 1920, Rib Lake 
Robert Elmer Krueger, born 19 March 1922, Rib Lake 
Lee Ross Krueger, born 21 November 1924, Athens 

As early as 1929 the family was living in Wausau, Wisconsin, 
where Elmer died on 5 March 1972, and where Anna died on 
24 June 1977. 

Jesse Alfred Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) was 
born 20 February 1893, in Cecil, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the 
U.S. Army in September 1917, and was commissioned a second 
lieutenant on 26 August 1918 at Camp Grant, Illinois. He won 
two World War I service chevrons, and was discharged 12 
February 1919. He graduated from Marquette University Law 
School in 1923, and practiced law in Marinette, Wisconsin, from 
1923 to 1935. He was a member of the county and Wisconsin 
State Bar associations, American Legion, Sportsmen's Club, and 
Elks Club. He was active in the conservation movement, and in 
the Progressive Party, and was a personal friend of Bob La 
Follette, Sr. 

On 26 August 1923, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he married 
Beulah Mabel Elwood, born 16 June 1902, in Cordova, Min- 
nesota, the daughter of Arthur E. and Fannie A. Sapp Elwood. 
Jesse and Beulah have three children, all born in Marinette, 
Wisconsin. 

James Elwood Krueger, born 2 April 1926 
John William Krueger, born 7 February 1930 
Barbara Claire Krueger, born 17 July 1934 

Jesse died of angina pectoris on 22 June 1935, in Marinette, and 
is buried there in the Forest Home Cemetery. Beulah makes her 
home in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. 



86 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Esther Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 
10 March 1895, in Gillett, Wisconsin. She graduated from Stevens 
Point Normal School and also took training for teaching excep- 
tional children. She taught in rural schools — in Mellon, Wis- 
consin, for three years; in Kenosha for three years; and in 
Watertown for one year. On 10 June 1925, at Athens, Wisconsin, 
she married Oscar Harvey Krause, born 14 March 1899, in 
Mellon, Wisconsin. They had no children. Oscar taught school 
in Watertown, Wisconsin, from 1930 to 1946, then was in the 
building trade until he was elected city assessor in 1961, from 
which he retired in 1968. They reside in Watertown, Wisconsin. 

Harold William Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 13 March 1896, in Gillett, Wisconsin. On 23 December 
1921, in Crandon, Wisconsin, he married Dorothy M. Kobin, 
born 4 November 1896, in Alsace-Lorraine. They have three 
children, all born in Wisconsin. 

Kobin Harold Krueger, born 11 December 1922, Milwaukee 
Alice Patricia Krueger, born 11 September 1925, Milwaukee 
Richard J. Krueger, born 10 February 1931, Oconto 

Harold graduated from Marquette University Law School, Mil- 
waukee, in 1925, was admitted to the State Bar, and practiced 
law in Crandon and in Oconto, Wisconsin. He was district 
attorney in Forest County for one term, chairman of the Oconto 
County Selective Service Board in 1941, chairman of the Oconto 
County Republican Party, a trustee of the local Methodist church, 
and a member of Kiwanis, Masonic Lodge, and the Chamber of 
Commerce. He was a veteran of World War I, and commander 
of Oconto American Legion and VFW posts. Dorothy taught 
school for several years. Harold died 28 March 1957, in Oconto; 
Dorothy died 9 January 1972; both are buried in the Evergreen 
Cemetery, in Oconto, Wisconsin. 

Ora Eleanor Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) was 
born 16 April 1898, in Underhill, Wisconsin. She graduated from 



The Fourth Generation 87 

Taylor County Teacher Training School at Medford, Wisconsin, 
in 1918. On 29 December 1919, in Medford, she married Thomas 
Earl Mcllraith, born 26 September 1896, in Washburn, Wisconsin, 
the son of Hugh and Anna McRae Mcllraith. He did not use the 
name of Thomas, and was known only as Earl. Earl and Ora 
had three children, probably all born in Wisconsin. 

Joyce Vivian Mcllraith, born 16 October 1920, Medford 

Jack Earl Mcllraith, born 2 December 1921 

Jean Orelle Mcllraith, born 23 December 1922, Stevens Point 

Earl served overseas in France in World War I. He was employed 
by the American Finance Co. in Philips and Thorp, Wisconsin, 
as a loan officer and insurance adjuster. Ora was a member of 
the Order of the Eastern Star. She died 28 April 1974; Earl died 
18 November 1972, both in Wausau, and both are buried there 
in the Pine Grove Cemetery. 

Arthye Mary Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) was 
born 17 March 1900, in Gillett, Wisconsin. She graduated from 
Theda Clark Memorial School of Nursing, in Neenah, Wisconsin, 
in 1921, and worked as a nurse for some time. On 7 August 1926 
she married Raymond August Toepfer, M.D., born 1 August 
1900, in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of August F. and Amelia 
Schneider Toepfer. The following information was furnished by 
Phyllis Toepfer: 

[Justice Schneider! born ca. 1839 in Alsace-Lorraine, married, 
on 4 April 1858, Katherine Elizabeth Krembs, born 24 June 
1837, in the village of Leimen Baden. She was the daughter of 
John and Elizabeth Albrecht Krembs, both of whom were born 
in Germany, and emigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1850. 
Justice and Katherine had a daughter, Amelia Schneider^, born 
23 May 1878, at Springfield Corners, Wisconsin. On 5 January 
1897 Amelia married August Frank Toepfer, a dairy farmer at 
Middleton, and later at Stoughton, Wisconsin. Their son Raymond 
married Arthye Krueger.] 



88 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Raymond graduated from the University of Wisconsin and the 
University of Illinois Medical School. He was a physician and 
surgeon, and had a general practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
Raymond and Arthye have three children, all born in Milwaukee. 



Joan Sallie Toepfer, born 27 November 1927 
Phyllis Rae Toepfer, born 27 May 1929 > 
Lorraine Jule Toepfer, born 27 May 1929 > 



Phyllis and Lorraine are identical twins. Arthye died 5 May 1930, 
in Milwaukee. [On 11 August 1932 Raymond married Carla 
Adrian Rohde, and they have a daughter, Suzanne B. Toepfer, 
born 22 October 1933.] Raymond died 16 May 1973, in West 
Allis, Wisconsin. Both he and Arthye are buried in Highland 
Memorial Park, Waukesha, Wisconsin. 

Alice Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born in 
January 1902. She married Dr. Hobart Johnson, who received 
his medical education in Canada. They had one daughter, born 
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Carol M. Johnson, born 4 September 1926 

William Frederick Krueger, Jr.4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 12 October 1905, in Gillett, Wisconsin. A grad- 
uate of Marquette University, he received his J.D. degree from 
the University of Wisconsin in 1929. He heads a law firm in 
Schofield, Wisconsin, has been its city attorney, and was public 
administrator for Marathon County from 1938 to 1963. Other 
data of note are listed in the Martindale-Hubbell directory. He 
married Zenith Eaton, born 22 July 1905, in Crawford County, 
Wisconsin, the daughter of Albert and Cora Arner Eaton. William 
and Zenith have two children, both born in Wisconsin. 

William F. Krueger III, born 29 June 1930, Madison 
Marianne Krueger, born 20 January 1943, Wausau 



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William is still practicing law; he and Zenith reside in Schofield, 
Wisconsin. 

Grace Emma Hintz4 (Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 
25 February 1897 in Underhill, Wisconsin (Vital Records, Oconto 
County). She married William Charles Dietrich, born 2 May 
1893, at Prentis, Wisconsin, the son of Charles and Rozelle 
Dietrich. William was a lumberjack in the northern Wisconsin 
forests. He and Grace had three children, probably all born in 
Wisconsin. 

Gerald W. Dietrich, born 20 December 1915, Rib Lake 
Zola Melvine Dietrich, born 1 April 1921 
Maxine E. Dietrich, born 20 July 1922, McCord; died in 
1948 

Grace died 21 August 1959; William died in April 1976; both 
in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

Esther Bertha Hintz4 (Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 
4 March 1898. 4 She married Gordon William Strahan. They have 
one son, born in Detroit, Michigan. 

William Strahan, born 20 July 1927 

According to her father's obituary, Esther was living in Chicago 
in 1954, and has since lived in Wixom, Michigan. 

Melvine Louise Hintz4 (Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 
2 January 1900, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. She had a career in 
schoolteaching, and is now retired. On 22 June 1929 she married 
Chris H. Johnson, born 7 September 1895. Chris and Melvine 
had one daughter, born in West Bend, Wisconsin. 

Nancy Louise Johnson, born 22 July 1934 
4 Vital Records, Oconto County. 



90 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Chris died 31 December 1940. Later, Melvine married William 
Charles Mickelson, born 7 April 1910 and died 30 August 1957. 
Melvine resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

Arthur Edward Hintz4 (Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 
2 January 1902, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. He did not marry. In 
1954 he was living in St. Paul, Minnesota. He died 4 November 
1977, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 

Frank Edward Hintz4 (Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) was 
born 14 March 1916, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin, the son of Frank 
and Mary Sampson Hintz. Frank, Jr., came to Becker County, 
Minnesota, at the age of seventeen and operated a sawmill in 
Lake Alice township in Hubbard County. On 30 November 1935 
he married Dorothy Crowder. They had two children. 

Frank Arthur Hintz, born 1939 
Karen Ann Hintz, born 1940 

The family made their home at Lake George, Minnesota, near 
the source of the Mississippi River. Frank died 10 May 1941, of 
peritonitis following an appendectomy, in Bemidji, Minnesota, and 
is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. 

LaVerne Hintz4 (Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born ca. 
1920. In the obituary of her brother Frank she is listed as Mrs. 
Ralph Caley, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. In her father's obituary, 
in 1954, she is listed as Mrs. Dahl (LaVerne) Wirtz of Park 
Rapids, Minnesota. 

Floyd Hintz4 (Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born in the 
twenties. In 1941 he was listed as living in Ogema, Minnesota, 
in 1954 as living in Seattle, Washington. 

Harvey Hintz4 (Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 1 
July 1908, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. He operated a sawmill in 



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Gleason, Wisconsin. On 17 June 1939, he married Florence 
Frances Belz, born 14 November 1907, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, 
the daughter of Charles and Clara Engle Belz. They had no 
children. Harvey died 23 May 1973, at Presque Isle, Wisconsin. 
Florence resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Junior William Hintz4 (Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott) was 
born 4 August 1910, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. He was a mill- 
wright in Wisconsin sawmills. Later the family moved to Seattle, 
Washington, where he worked for Boeing Aircraft. On 18 July 
1943, at Spokane, Washington, he married Jane Marcella Devitt, 
born 11 July 1915, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of 
Arthur and Alice Barfus Devitt. They had four children. 

Diane Kay Hintz, born 5 November 1945, Green Bay, Wis- 
consin 

Julie Ann Hintz, born 19 January 1947, Merrill, Wisconsin 

Jay William Hintz, born 16 September 1948, Forks, Wash- 
ington 

Linda Sue Hintz, born 10 March 1951, Port Angeles, Wash- 
ington 

Junior died 22 September 1976, in Seattle, Washington. Jane 
makes her home in Bellingham, Washington. 

Warren Gordon Hintz4 (Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott) was 
born 14 December 1913, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. He served a 
year in the U.S. Army, 1942-43, then was discharged because of 
illness. On 20 November 1943 he married Hazel Francis McCabe, 
born 17 March 1914, in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, the daughter of 
John Hays and Henrietta Baeten McCabe. They have no children 
and make their home in De Pere, Wisconsin. 

Agnes Hintz4 (Gust Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 12 July 
1909, in Underhill, Wisconsin. On 15 March 1930, in Waupaca 
County, Wisconsin, she married Harvey Zahn, born 28 March 



92 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

1911. He was a schoolteacher and a carpenter. They have one 
son, born in Gillett, Wisconsin. 



Louis Harvey Zahn, born 19 October 1931 

Agnes taught school in Oconto and Shawano counties for thirty- 
four years and is now retired. She graduated from Oshkosh State 
College in 1960. She also has taken art courses, and does oil 
painting as her hobby. She was divorced from Zahn, and on 22 
November 1952 she married Ralph Thibaudeau, who was born 

10 May 1907 and died 25 February 1972. Agnes makes her home 
in Gillett, and has been very helpful to me with this book. 

Lousene Mary Hintz4 (Gust Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 

11 February 1912, at Underhill, Wisconsin. She graduated from 
the Gillett High School at the age of fifteen, took her teacher 
training at Oconto Falls, and received her B.S. at the University 
of Wisconsin at Oshkosh in 1959. She taught school for thirty- 
seven years and is now retired. On 28 May 1936, in Oconto 
County, she married Ernest Benter, born 3 January 1907, in 
Bonduel, Wisconsin, the son of Fred and Anna Burmeister 
Benter. They had two children. 

Nannette Karen Benter, born 2 April 1938, Bonduel 
Richard Ernest Benter, born 12 February 1940; died 15 
February 1940 

Ernest served as secretary to the Gillett Cheese Corp., raised 
sheep, and also served as a rural mail carrier. He died 25 March 
1964, at Gillett. Lousene still takes courses at the University of 
Wisconsin, and she travels. 

Arlene Dorothy Hintz4 (Gust Hi, Amelia, Gott) was 
born 20 July 1915, in Underhill, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of 
the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, and is an elementary and 
kindergarten teacher, teaching in the Gillett Public School. On 



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13 June 1936, at St. John's Catholic Church in Gillett, she 
married Robert W. Melchior, born 15 April 1914, in Gillett, 
the son of Joseph and Frieda Burse Melchior. Robert's occupa- 
tion was that of woodworking, but he is now retired. Robert and 
Arlene have four children, all born in Wisconsin. 

Joseph Robert Melchior, born 30 June 1938, Gillett 
Mary Frances Melchior, born 14 November 1941, Gillett 
William Gale Melchior, born 23 November 1945, Shawano 
Patricia Ann Melchior, born 30 April 1955, Shawano 

The family home is in Gillett, Wisconsin. 

Emmett Gustav Hintz4 (Gust Hi, Amelia, Gott) was 
born 11 April 1923, in Underhill, Wisconsin. On 17 June 1950, 
in Gillett, he married Margaret Ann Simpson, born 25 February 
1929, Tigerton, Wisconsin, the daughter of Gerhardt and Cora 
Gjermundson Simpson. They have three children, all born in 
Wisconsin. 

Daniel Emmett Hintz, born 21 July 1951, Gillett 
Jeffrey Bruce Hintz, born 12 August 1957, Hartford 
Tracey Ann Hintz, born 22 June 1967, Shawano 

Emmett is a builder of both residential and commercial properties, 
and owns the general contracting firm of E. G. Hintz and Sons, 
in Shawano. Among others, he built the Maple Lane Health 
Care Center in Shawano. Margaret earned her B.S. in Education 
at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and has taught 
school for several years. The family home, which Emmett built, 
is in Bonduel, Wisconsin. 

Karl A. Bliese4 (Emilie Ra, Augusta, Gott), the first child 
of William J. and Emilie Rathke Bliese, was born 16 December 
1897, in Rockford, Illinois. After high school he took various 
correspondence courses and training with the National Cash 
Register Co. and spent forty years working there, retiring at age 



94 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

sixty-five as a branch manager. On 22 September 1923, at Bel- 
videre, Illinois, he married Olive E. Weir, born on 22 February 
1902 to Melvin and Cora Snyder Weir. Olive is a bookkeeper. 
They have two children, both born in Rockford. 

Lorraine Lenora Bliese, born 6 July 1924 
William Melvin Bliese, born 28 January 1929 

We enjoyed a visit with Karl and Olive in their lovely home in 
Rockford in June 1978. 

Lenora Ida Helen Bliese4 (Emilie Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
was born 16 May 1901, in Rockford, Illinois. On 25 June 1924, 
in Rockford, she married Albert Sigurd Hagberg, born 18 March 
1900, Rockford, the son of Carl Sigurd and Anna Brita Norberg 
Hagberg. They have two children, both born in Rockford. 

Shirley Mae Hagberg, born 27 February 1929 
John Allen Hagberg, born 21 January 1935 

Albert was a steamfitter and maintenance director. Lenora taught 
piano, and was a credit manager at one store, and an office man- 
ager at another. They were members of the Redeemer Lutheran 
Church in Rockford. Lenora died 14 September 1962; Albert 
died 19 September 1971; both are buried in Cedar Bluff Ceme- 
tery, Rockford, Illinois. 

Walter Bliese4 (Emilie Ra, Augusta, Gott) was born ca. 
1905. He and his wife Alice have four children. 

Laurie Bliese 
Jerry Bliese 
Darlene Bliese 
Walter Bliese, Jr. 

The family home is in Tucson, Arizona. 



The Fourth Generation 95 

George Bliese4 (Emilie Ra, Augusta, Gott) was born 18 
March 1909, in Rockford, Illinois. After high school he attended 
National Cash Register repair schools to learn the repair and 
maintenance of their various office machines. After working in 
Dayton, Ohio, and New York City, he was then promoted to 
service manager in Elizabeth, New Jersey, from which he retired 
in 1974. He was married on 24 December 1938 at Dayton, Ohio, 
to Mary E. Roll, born to Louis and Helen McDivitt Roll on 30 
November 1919. They have two children. 

Ronald George Bliese, born 3 November 1939, West New 

York, New Jersey 
Marilyn Carol Bliese, born 29 May 1945, Elmhurst, New 

York 

The family home is in Whiting, New Jersey. 

Ervin Bliese4 (Emilie Ra, Augusta, Gott) was born 7 April 
1913, in Rockford, Illinois. On 27 December 1944, at Rockford, 
he married Jean McGraw, born 18 April 1916, in Rockford, 
the daughter of Byron E. and Emily Andrews McGraw. They 
have no children. Ervin is retired. Jean is a cofounder and the 
executive director of the Western Illinois Senior Services, and 
chairman of Housing for the Elderly. Ervin and Jean make their 
home in Davenport, Iowa. 

Linda Ernestine Rathke4 (Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott), the 
first child of Albert Rathke, was born 21 February 1906, in 
West Bend, Wisconsin. On 21 July 1928, in Milwaukee, Wis- 
consin, she married Frederick Poweleit, Jr., born 18 August 1893 
in Prussia. [He was a widower with two children: Frederick 
Clarence, born 23 April 1922 and Myron Burton, born 12 
October 1923.] Linda and her husband operated the Poweleit 
Bakery in Milwaukee. They have two sons, both born in Mil- 
waukee. 

Merle Marvin Poweleit, born 30 April 1929 
Wayne Albert Poweleit, born 10 November 1939 



96 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Frederick Poweleit died in Milwaukee 21 December 1949. Linda 
lives in De Pere, Wisconsin, where we visited her in 1978. 

Eleanor Helen Rathke4 (Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott) was 
born 29 September 1908 in West Bend, Wisconsin. On 20 June 
1931, in Waukegan, Illinois, she married Marvin Samuel Stanley, 
born 31 October 1906, in Hannibal, Missouri, the son of Samuel 
and Elizabeth Tiller Stanley. Eleanor and Marvin have three 
children, all born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Joan Esther Stanley, born 15 February 1932 
Georgie Ann Stanley, born 18 July 1933 
Marvin Samuel Stanley, Jr., born 25 July 1949 

Marvin, Sr., was a salesman for the Singer Sewing Machine Co. 
He died 10 April 1972 in Mequon, Wisconsin. Eleanor lives in 
Milwaukee. 

George William Rathke4 (Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott) was 
born 21 October 1910, in West Bend, Wisconsin. On 25 May 1935, 
in Jackson, Washington County, Wisconsin, he married Esther 
Bertha Tischer, born 5 August 1913, in Jackson, to William and 
Martha Woldt Tischer. [This Martha Woldt is a sister of Anna 
Woldt, who wed Louis Liesener, see below.] George and Esther 
have four children, all born in Wisconsin. 

Derold Albert Rathke, born 2 May 1936, Trenton 5 

George Marcus Rathke, Jr., born 23 February 1940, Jackson 

Sandra Jean Rathke, born 4 August 1944, Washington 

County" 
Susan Kay Rathke, born 3 March 1950, Washington County 

George is a tool and die maker, and was a supervisor at Mercury 
Outboard. We visited them in their spacious home in Cedarburg, 
Wisconsin, but the latest information is that they have sold and 
moved to Florida. 

5 Vital Records, Trenton. 

6 Vital Records, Washington County. 



The Fourth Generation 97 

Gerda Martha Rathke4 (Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott) was 
born 31 December 1912, in West Bend, Wisconsin. On 12 June 
1937, at West Bend she married Marcus Frederick Liesener, 
born 29 July 1911 at Kirchhayn, Wisconsin, the son of Louis 
and Anna Woldt Liesener. They have four children, all born in 
Wisconsin. 

Mark Louis Liesener, born 24 April 1938, Brillion 
Jane Elsie Liesener, born 24 August 1940, Wausau 
Thomas Albert Liesener, born 13 July 1945, Wausau 
Daniel Walter Liesener, born 4 January 1949, Beaver Dam 

Marcus Liesener is a graduate of Northwestern College, and of 
the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Seminary. He was ordained 
by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in 1936, and has 
pastored Wisconsin churches at Brillion, Tagusville, Oak Grove, 
and then at North Trinity Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, from 
which he retired in 1977. He and Gerda now live on a lake at 
Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. 

Hildegarde Clara Rathke4 (Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
was born 24 January 1915, in West Bend, Wisconsin. At Macon, 
Georgia on 8 October 1944 she married Francis Joseph Heiser, 
Jr., born 8 November 1907 in Brooklyn, New York, to Francis 
and Theresa Wolf Heiser. Francis served forty-one months as a 
military policeman in the army in World War II. He and Hilde- 
garde had no children. He died at Hustisford, Wisconsin, 8 
February 1978. Hildegarde lives near Milwaukee. 

Esther Augusta Rathke4 (Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
was born 30 November 1917, in West Bend, Wisconsin. At the 
age of four she suffered a compound skull fracture and a crushed 
lower jaw as the result of falling off the running board and under 
the wheel of her father's auto as he was driving it into the garage. 
Though despairing of her life, her father took her to a Milwaukee 
hospital where after nine days she developed lockjaw. Her lower 
jaw literally remained locked in a closed position until she was 



98 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

nine years old. Living on a liquid diet, she told me that many a 
chicken landed in the soup kettle because she pointed it out as 
the dinner she could sip. In 1928 a courageous young surgeon, 
with extensive surgery, opened the jaw, removed impacted teeth, 
and rebuilt the bone structure to allow her to speak and eat 
normally. To meet and see her now, as was my privilege in 1978, 
is to cast doubt on the facts above. She recovered so completely 
that she has been able to lead a normal life. She worked in 
precision casting for the Allis-Chalmers Research Department for 
nineteen years, then for Globe Union until her recent retirement. 
She arranged for me to meet many relatives in the Milwaukee 
area, where she lives now. I salute a lady with as great pluck, 
resilience, and determination as her biblical namesake. 

Walter Benjamin Rathke4 (Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
was the eighth child in his family, born 11 March 1925, in West 
Bend, Wisconsin. On 5 May 1951 he married Maryalyce Klein, 
born 21 April 1933, in Oakfield, Wisconsin, the daughter of 
Edwin and Laura Brennicke Klein. They have eight children. 

Lauralyn Joan Rathke, born 3 March 1952 
Bryan Walter Rathke, born 5 April 1953 
Ellyn Mary Rathke, born 4 September 1954 
Brenda Jill Rathke, born 9 July 1960 
Claudia Eunice Rathke, born 21 September 1962 
Jennifer Joy Rathke, born 25 January 1967 
Andrea Nancy Rathke, born 25 March 1970 
Jordan Albert Rathke, born 21 September 1971 

Walter has owned and operated the home Rathke farm since 
1951, and has converted it to a modern dairy farm. The farm 
home has been remodeled and additions have been made, but into 
the very center of it are incorporated the thick log walls of the 
original house built by his grandfather. That farm has been 
operated by Rathkes for 115 years as of 1979; 37 years by Carl, 
50 years by his son Albert, and 28 years thus far by grandson 
Walter. 



The Fourth Generation 99 

Emma Bertha Freidericke Thurow4 (Louise Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 23 June 1896, in Gilford township, near Rock- 
ford, Illinois. She married William Bimm, about 1916. They had 
one son, born at Rockford, Illinois. 

Alvin Bimm, born 22 June 1917 

Emma died 11 March 1954. 

Ida Emily Anna Thurow4 (Louise Ra, Augusta, Gott) was 
born 17 July 1899, in Harlem township, near Rockford, Illinois. 
She married Oscar Bimm, possibly a brother of the William 
Bimm above. Oscar and Ida had one son, born in Rockford. 

Oscar William Bimm, Jr., born 21 April 1924 

Clara Elise Matilda Thurow4 (Louise Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
was born 12 September 1901, in Harlem township. On 12 October 
1923, at Rockford, Illinois, she married Edwin Carl Holmes, 
born 14 March 1894, in Stillman Valley, Illinois, the son of 
Charles Holmes, of Swedish nationality. They had no children. 
Edwin was a veteran of World War I, worked for the Elco Tool 
Co., and was also a road commissioner. Clara died 21 June 1963; 
Edwin died 6 November 1969. Both are buried in Greenwood 
Cemetery, Rockford, Illinois. 

Marie Emma Bertha Thurow4 (Louise Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
was born 21 October 1904, in Harlem, Illinois. On 8 June 1926, 
in Rockford, Illinois, she married Leonard Oscar Johnson, born 
29 December 1901, in Mallard, Iowa, the son of Gustaf and 
Selma Olson Johnson, who were Swedish. They have four chil- 
dren, all born in Rockford. 

Carolyn Joyce Johnson, born 4 March 1927 

Marlene Fae Johnson, born 17 August 1930 

Lowell Leonard Johnson, born 24 September 1933, never 

married 
David Curtis Johnson, born 7 January 1936, never married 



100 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

They are members of the Alpine Lutheran church, and have now 
retired from farming. Leonard is a part-time golf course worker. 

Henry Otto Wilhelm Thurow4 (Louise Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 6 October 1907, in Rockford, Illinois. On 1 June 
1932, at Rockford, he married Theresa M. Liebich, daughter of 
William and Mary Lembie Liebich. They have four children, all 
born in Rockford. 

John H. Thurow, born 25 September 1933 

William Rogers Thurow, born 15 August 1935; died 25 

August 1936 
Elsie M. Thurow, born 10 December 1936 
Carl F. Thurow, born 4 November 1937 

Henry Thurow died 13 December 1956, at Rockford, and is 
buried in Greenwood Cemetery there. 

Arthur Charles Ritterbusch4 (Ida Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
was born 9 August 1906, in Bancroft, South Dakota. On 20 
June 1936, at Sheboygan, Wisconsin, he married Arlynn Ruth 
Verhulst, born 1 December 1911, in Sheboygan, the daughter of 
Jacob Leonard and Jennie DeSmidt Verhulst, a Dutch family. 
Arthur operated the Ritterbusch Hardware, Plumbing and Heat- 
ing firm in Eagle, Wisconsin, most of his working life. Arthur 
and Arlynn have five children, all born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. 

Norman Arthur Ritterbusch, born 29 September 1940 
David Charles Ritterbusch, born 9 November 1943 
Stanley Edward Ritterbusch, born 4 December 1945 
Sylvia Lynn Ritterbusch, born 6 May 1947 
Dean Leslie Ritterbusch, born 13 August 1952 

Arthur was very helpful with information when we visited him 
in 1978 in their home near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Paul Ritterbusch4 (Ida Ra, Augusta, Gott) was born 3 
April 1908, in Bancroft, South Dakota. He married Violet Hig- 
gins. They have one daughter. 



The Fourth Generation 101 

Rosemary Ritterbusch 

Paul was employed most of his life by Waukesha Motors, in 
Milwaukee. Paul died of a heart attack 22 July 1957, and is 
buried in Eagle, Wisconsin. Violet died in February 1971. 

Lawrence Albert Ritterbusch4 (Ida Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
was born 24 July 1910, in Bancroft, South Dakota. On 28 
August 1937 in Jackson, Wisconsin, he married Ramona Louise 
Emma Jung, born 6 July 1905, at Polk, Wisconsin, to Henry R. 
and Catherine Hembel Jung. 7 They have one daughter, born in 
Jackson. 

Carol Kathleen Ritterbusch, born 10 September 1941 

Lawrence has farmed all his life in the West Bend, Wisconsin, 
area. 

Edward Ritterbusch4 (Ida Ra, Augusta, Gott) was 
born 21 December 1912, in Bancroft, South Dakota. On 28 
February 1938 at Waukesha, Wisconsin, he married Cora Joan 
Ciriacks, born 21 September 1920, in West Bend, Wisconsin, 
the daughter of Henry and Emma Heidtke Ciriacks. They have 
six children, all born in West Bend. 

Raiford Elmer Ritterbusch, born 3 October 1938 
Karen Norma Ritterbusch. born 27 October 1940 
Dennis Alvin Ritterbusch, born 11 August 1942 
Edward Karl Ritterbusch, born 10 October 1945 
Charles Henry Ritterbusch, born 13 April 1950 
James Arthur Ritterbusch, born 8 March 1958 

Edward owns and operates a farm just out of West Bend, and 
also worked as a maintenance man for Servor Products before 
his retirement. Cora is a clerk typist in federal service. 

7 Vital Records, Washington County, #1337. 



102 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Paul Rathke4 (Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) was born 11 No- 
vember 1911, in Rockford, Illinois. On 3 December 1933 in 
Chicago he married Caroline Fry, born 6 May 1913, in North 
Platte, Nebraska. They have two children, both born in Chicago. 

Richard Charles Rathke, born 8 May 1937 
Phyllis Marie Rathke, born 5 March 1940 

Paul served in World War II from 1944 to 1946, was employed 
by Dodge Trophy Co., and is now retired. 

Irene Bertha Rathke4 (Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) was born 
28 March 1914, in Rockford, Illinois. On 1 June 1935, in 
Chicago, she married Peter John Capellani, born 16 January 
1910, in Chicago, the son of John and Josephine Loungo Capel- 
lani, both of whom were born in Italy. Peter is a sheet metal 
worker and purchasing agent. Irene and Peter have two sons, 
both born in Chicago. 

Peter John Capellani, Jr., born 15 December 1936 
Don Charles Capellani, born 11 October 1940 

Bernice Ann Rathke4 (Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) was 
born 20 November 1917, in Rockford, Illinois. On 20 September 
1936, in Chicago, she married William Edward Gasiorowski, 
born 28 April 1912 in Chicago, the son of Frances K. and Eva 
Jaroz Gasiorowski, of Polish descent. They have three children, 
all born in Illinois. 

William Thomas Gasiorowski, born 20 June 1937, Chicago 
Carol Eve Gasiorowski, born 2 October 1938, Chicago 
Shirley Eileen Gasiorowski, born 28 July 1943, Elmwood 

William, a pressman, is now retired from the printing trade. 
Bernice divorced William and is now married to LeRoy Stem; 
they live in Florida. 



The Fourth Generation 103 

Virginia Eleanor Rathke4 (Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) was 
born 17 March 1919, in Rockford, Illinois. On 18 March 1939, 
in Chicago, she wed Walter Bert. They have two children. 

Janet Bert, born 17 March 1940 

Walter James Bert, Jr., born 13 March 1943 

Virginia died 27 December 1970. 

Dorothy Helen Rathke4 (Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) was 
born 27 July 1921, in Rockford, Illinois. She married Kenneth 
Faust, and they have four children, all born in Chicago. 

Robert Louis Faust, born 11 February 1945 
Caroline Ann Faust, born 4 February 1947 
Linda Dianne Faust, born 8 August 1948 
Bonny Jean Faust, born 12 August 1949 

Dorothy was divorced and subsequently married Jim Schiffauer. 

Robert Louis Rathke4 (Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) was born 
6 September 1925, in Rockford, Illinois. He enlisted in the U.S. 
Army Air Corps in World War II in 1943, and served through 
the war. After the war he married Delores Poutre. They have 
three children. 

Gail Rathke 
Charles Rathke 
Diana Rathke 

The family lived in Chicago until about 1958; his wife and 
children are reported to be in California. 

Dorothy Emily Miller4 (Emma Ra, Augusta, Gott) was 
born 3 August 1906, in Rockford, Illinois. On 29 September 
1926, in Rockford, she married Merton Alven Northrup, born 



104 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

29 September 1902, in Union, Illinois, the son of William and 
Ella Edwards Northrup. They have one son, born in Rockford. 

James M. Northrup, born 4 September 1930 

Merton was manager of a truck terminal, Dorothy worked as a 
secretary. Merton died 6 April 1976, and is buried in Rockford. 




The coat of arms for both the city of Plathe and the province of 
Pommern (Pomerania) bears a griffin (Latin, gryphus), from which 
the name of Griepp evolved. 




Wilhelmine Mueller Griep(p), born in 1813, emigrated to the United 
States in 1871, eleven years after the death of Gottfried in Pommern. 




Anna and Albert Griepp. Albert, son of Wilhelmine, with whom 
he emigrated to America in 1871, married Anna, a first-generation 
American, in Wisconsin. 




The Albert Griepp home in Bonduel, Wisconsin, built in 1894 



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and his wife, Mary Rowe Lugin Griepp 




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the co-author, born in 1913, 
one hundred years after the 
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Griep, the progenitor of the 
American line, is a member 
of the fourth generation. 



Vern Allen Harris, to 
whom this book is 
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generation descendancy 
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grandmother, Anna Ruth 
Griepp (see photograph), 
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George Harris, a 
homesteader in South 
Dakota. Vern died in 
Vietnam in 1968. 




5 



The Fifth Generation 



This is the generation that reached its maturity in the 1960s 
and 1970s or will do so in the 1980s. But it cannot be so tightly 
enclosed, as its first members were born in 1912 and many will 
still be contributing long after 1989. So since the age spread may 
easily be over sixty years it will be difficult to confine these 248 
descendants to the 1960-89 years. However, it is the last group 
to analyze, so we shall try. 

Below is a chart on the numbers of descendants in each 
generation: 



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Total 
Persons 


Number 
to Wed 


% to 
Wed 


Total 
Children 


Ave. per 
Family 


With 
Bach. 
Deg. 


With 

Adv. 
Deg. 


First 


1 


1 


100 


5 


5 








Second 


5 


4 


80 


28 


7 








Third 


26 


24 


92 


129 


5.38 








Fourth 


113 


107 


95 


297 


2.78 


9 

(8%) 


3 
(3%) 


Fifth 


248 


182 


73 


488 


2.68 


70 
(28%) 


22 
(9%) 



It is easy to see there is a steady decline in the number of 
children per family, from a high of 7 in the second generation to 
the low of about 2.7 for the fourth and fifth generations. This is 

105 



106 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

in keeping with national trends toward smaller families. There 
is a slight decline in the percentage of people marrying, but that 
may be because several in the fifth generation are still below the 
normal marrying age. 

Noticeable is a substantial percentage increase in the number 
of bachelor and advanced degrees, from 8 percent and 3 percent 
in the fourth generation to 28 percent and 9 percent in the fifth 
generation — an indication of the wider availability of a college 
education and, it is hoped, a willingness to come to grips with 
serious modern dilemmas. Most of these people came through 
the turbulent protest decade of the sixties into the quieter decade 
of the seventies, aware that problems must not merely be iden- 
tified, they must be solved. And this they have done and are 
doing. They are of the same generation that has walked on the 
moon, sends computerized cameras to the far reaches of our 
planetary universe, researches age-old medical problems and 
applies newfound cures and techniques, such as heart and kidney 
transplants, and does recombinant genetic engineering in cell 
biology, or tries to harness diminishing resources to meet expand- 
ing demands. 

In regard to occupation, seven or eight are in purely scientific 
fields; two are medical doctors; three or four are in administrative 
positions; five each are in law, the ministry, and engineering; two 
are in the arts; twelve are nurses; and fifteen are in business. 

Marian Loretta Reinke5 (Irene, Frank, Albert, Gott) was 
born 7 October 1926, in Appleton, Wisconsin. On 28 November 
1946, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, she married John Frederick Scheer, 
born 12 September 1919, in Oshkosh, the son of John Scheer. 
John, Jr., was in the U.S. Army in World War II, in Germany 
with a tank company. John and Marian have five children, all 
born in Neenah, Wisconsin. 

John Joseph Scheer, born 30 August 1947 
Ann Scheer, born 4 March 1949 
Madelyn Scheer, born 21 January 1952 
Irene (Rene) Scheer, born 16 October 1958 
Theodore Leonard Scheer, born 9 March 1961 



The Fifth Generation 107 

John and Marian are both employed at Kimberly-Clark Corp. 
in Neenah, Wisconsin. 

Marvin Lloyd Reinke5 (Irene, Frank, Albert, Gott) was 
born 28 November 1930, in Appleton, Wisconsin. He spent the 
years from 1948 to 1952 in the U.S. Air Force. He earned his 
B.S. in Forestry at the University of Minnesota in 1956, and has 
spent the major part of his career with the U.S. Forest Service, 
in California, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. 

On 28 October 1950 he married Martha Viola Bergstrom, 
born 16 February 1932, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Louis 
Lars and Anna O. Rostberg Bergstrom, who were both born in 
Sweden. Marvin and Martha have three sons. 

Michael (Mike) John Reinke, born 10 August 1951, Mt. 

Clemens, Michigan 
Mark David Reinke, born 29 December 1954, Minneapolis, 

Minnesota 
Marvin James Reinke, Jr., born 2 January 1957, Quincy, 

California 

Marvin was divorced from Martha. On 21 December 1968, in 
Rhinelander, Wisconsin, he married Bernadine Judith Beagle, 
born 30 June 1937, the daughter of William Henry and Helen 
M. Degeneffe Beagle. They have one son, born in Rhinelander. 

Jason Charles Reinke, born 20 June 1970 

Marvin celebrated the 1976 Bicentennial by taking a cross-country 
bicycle trip from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, together 
with his niece Irene Scheer and his nephew Todd Reinke. They 
biked the 3,456 miles in thirty-six days. 

Lester Henry Reinke, Jr. 5 (Irene, Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 21 December 1931, in Appleton, Wisconsin. He earned 
his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin 
in 1953, and his M.A. in Business at the University of Michigan 
at Ann Arbor in 1962. He went on active duty in the U.S. Navy 



108 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

in 1953, served on the U.S. Holder, a destroyer escort, and 
was discharged as a lieutenant, junior grade, in 1955. On 20 
December 1952, at Madison, Wisconsin, he married Dorothy Mae 
Beelen, born 8 May 1931, in Appleton, the daughter of Richard 
P. and Mae Vandehey Beelen. They have four children. 



Barbara Jean Reinke, born 4 August 1953, Appleton, Wis- 
consin 

Pamela Joan Reinke, born 2 January 1956, Norfolk, Vir- 
ginia 

Todd Richard Reinke, born 29 December 1959, 

Midland, Michigan } twins 

Gail Ann Reinke. born 29 December 1959, Midland, 
Michigan 



} 



Lester has been employed by Dow Corning, and by Du Pont, 
each for about eleven years. Recently he has formed his own 
company, AMRE, for the manufacture of nitric acid and the 
recovery of platinum in the catalytic process. The family lives 
in Wilmington, Delaware. 

James Richard Rf,inke5 (Irene, Frank, Albert, Gott) was 
born 22 September 1935, Appleton, Wisconsin. Jim earned 
his B.S. in Math at the University of Wisconsin in 1957. He 
played on the University of Wisconsin football team during his 
college years. He then served in the U.S. Air Force for two years. 
He received his M.A. in Administration at Northern Michigan 
University at Marquette in 1966. On 4 August 1962, in Green 
Bay, he married Carol Jean Herlik, born 21 December 1936, in 
Green Bay, the daughter of Edward H. and Josephine Brans 
Herlik. Jim and Carol have three children, all born in Green 
Bay, Wisconsin. 



Gregory James Reinke, born 19 November 1963 
Terry Ann Reinke, born 30 March 1965 
Karen Lynn Reinke, born 18 August 1966 



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Jim teaches in Southwest High School in Green Bay, where he is 
also the head football coach. Recently he coauthored a math 
textbook, Modern Algebra Individualized. 

Douglas C. Peters5 (Margaret, Frank, Albert, Gott) was 
born 9 December 1931. In December 1951 he enlisted in the 
U.S. Marine Corps for two years. On 19 January 1952, at St. 
James Lutheran Church in Shawano, Wisconsin, he married 
Delores Louise Zandra, born 13 February 1934, in Shawano, the 
daughter of Fred and Anna Korth Zandra. They have five 
children, the first four born in Wisconsin and the fifth in Min- 
nesota. 

Douglas Lee Peters, born 2 May 1952. Shawano 
David Wayne Peters, born 19 October 1954. Shawano 
Diana Lynn Peters, born 20 October 1956. Sheboygan Falls 
Debra Ann Peters, born 9 October 1959, Sheboygan Falls 
Dale Frederick Peters, born 4 January 1961, St. Paul 

Douglas works as a salesman for Mastercraft Products, in Savage. 
Minnesota. 

Frederick Robert Peters5 (Margaret, Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 7 October 1940, in Shawano, Wisconsin. On 30 No- 
vember 1963, at Zion Lutheran Church in Caroline, Wisconsin, 
he married June Rose Mehlberg, born 30 September 1942, in 
the town of Grant, Shawano County, the daughter of Edward 
and Hilda Klingbiel Mehlberg. They have two children, both 
born in Shawano, Wisconsin. 

Darrin Fredrick Peters, born 28 December 1965 
Kristine Kay Peters, born 13 May 1969 

Fred has always worked on the Peters home farm; in 1967 he 
purchased the farm and has added another eighty acres; he 
operates it as a dairy farm. Fred and June have built themselves 
a new house on the farmstead, a few miles southwest of Shawano. 



I 10 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Duane Ward GrieppS (Olga, Frank, Albert, Gott) was 
born 24 July 1924. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943, trained 
at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, shipped out of Newfoundland to France 
in July 1944, and was assigned to the 179th Field Artillery Bat- 
talion, which supported the III Corps; he fought in the Battle of the 
Bulge and at Bastogne, crossed the Rhine near ancient Worms, 
and was in Czechoslovakia on VE Day. He wore the European 
Theater ribbon with three battle stars and three overseas bars. 

On 24 July 1947, in Minneapolis, he married Lois Lorraine 
Renburg, born 3 September 1929, in Washington. They had two 
children, both born in Minneapolis. 

Rosalee Mae, born 10 May 1949 
Kenneth William, born 7 April 1952 

Ward was engaged in trucking in Minneapolis, Minnesota; in 
1957 he started his own trucking business in Flagstaff, Arizona, 
and died in a tragic auto accident on 22 September 1957, at 
Cameron, Arizona. He is buried in the Veterans Cemetery, 
Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Marlin Charles Debban5 (Olga, Frank, Albert, Gott) was 
born 5 March 1934, in Shawano, Wisconsin. He received his B.A. 
in Theology from North Central Bible College in 1956, and his 
B.S. in Psychology from Evangel College, Springfield, Missouri, 
in 1967. On 14 July 1962, in Chicago, he married Maryjane 
Bassett, born 13 November 1938, the daughter of John A. and 
Gladys Tesmer Bassett. They have two daughters, both born in 
South Bend, Indiana. 

Pamela Sue Debban, born 17 April 1968 
Denise Liane Debban, born 29 April 1970 

Marlin was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 1961, and is 
pastoring Trinity Church in Lakeville, Indiana. 



The Fifth Generation \ \ \ 

Hyacinth Victoria Klement5 (Emma, Frank. Albert, 
Gott) was born 10 December 1930, in Shawano, Wisconsin. She 
graduated from Columbia Nursing School in 1953, and works 
part-time as a registered nurse. On 13 June 1953, at the Evan- 
gelical Church, Bonduel, Wisconsin, she married David Salvatore 
Badalamente, born 21 October 1930, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 
the son of John and Santina Martorano Badalamente. The cere- 
mony was performed by her uncle, Chaplain F. R. Griepp. Dave 
and Hayacinth have five children, all born in Manistee, Michigan. 

David Darin Badalamente, born 1 June 1961, adopted 
Gail Renee Badalamente, born 10 July 1963, adopted 
Tia Marie Badalamente, born 4 April 1964 



Keith Klement Badalamente, born 12 July 1971 > 
Keven John Badalamente, born 12 July 1971 



twins 



Dave and Hyacinth operate a Gamble Store in Manistee and a 
charter fishing boat service on Lake Michigan. 

Jonathan Joseph Klement5 (Emma, Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 26 March 1939, in Shawano, Wisconsin. He earned 
his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin 
in Madison in 1960, his M.S. in Engineering from Case Institute 
of Technology in 1967, and his PH.D. from Case Western Reserve 
University, Cleveland, in Macro-molecular Science, in 1970. 

On 18 June 1960, in Clintonville, Wisconsin, he married 
Marilyn Faye Kuehl, born 6 November 1940, in Suring, Wis- 
consin, the daughter of Emil and Hilda Genke Kuehl. They have 
two sons, both born in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Scott Michael Klement, born 23 April 1961 
Steven Shawn Klement, born 1 April 1963 

Marilyn received her B.S. in Education at Western Reserve 
University in 1973, and teaches at St. John's Lutheran School. 
Jon is a manager of Engineering Services for Standard Oil of Ohio. 



1 12 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Virgil Eugene Griepp5 (Reuben, Frank, Albert, Gott) was 
born 19 March 1937, in Bismarck, North Dakota. He earned his 
B.A. in Greek at Seattle Pacific University in 1959, and completed 
work toward an M.ED, at Gonzaga University in Spokane, 
Washington. He was Public Relations director for Whitworth 
College, Spokane, from 1961 to 1968, and is now on the executive 
staff of the Synod of Alaska-Northwest, United Presbyterian 
Church, and is editor of its magazine, Thrust. 

On 31 August 1957, at Wenatchee, Washington, he married 
Beverly Jean Shadbolt, born 17 September 1936, in Bellingham, 
Washington, the daughter of Leland E. and E. Louise Mickey 
Shadbolt. They have two sons, both born in Spokane. 

Douglas Eugene, born 10 December 1963 
David Kirkland, born 4 May 1968 

Beverly earned her B.A. in Education at Seattle Pacific College 
in 1958, and has taught in Spokane, Seattle, and at Gonzaga 
University. 

Winston Paul Griepp5 (Reuben, Frank, Albert, Gott) was 
born 29 June 1943, in Wenatchee, Washington. He earned his 
B.A. and J.D. at Stanford University in 1967, and was admitted 
to the California Bar the same year. He has been a practicing 
attorney, specializing in corporate law, for several years. On 21 
December 1963, at Spokane, Washington, he married Sherrill 
L. Wellsandt, born 14 September 1943, in Spokane, the daughter 
of Gerald Wellsandt. They have two children, both born in 
California. 

Weston Paul, born 3 November 1964, Stanford 
Natalie Lynne, born 26 July 1971, Newport Beach 

Winston was divorced and on 15 December 1976, at Sedona, 
Arizona, he married Suzanne Rodriquez, daughter of Raul and 
Alice Rodriguez. They have one son, born at Chewala, Wash- 
ington. 

Freedom Grizzley, born 11 April 1978 



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Darrell Philip Griepp5 (Reuben, Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 12 November 1947, at Kalispell, Montana. He earned 
his B.A. in Economics from Washington State University in 
1969. On 8 July 1967, at Spokane, Washington, he married 
Marya Carol Marvin, born 26 August 1947, in Ritzville, Wash- 
ington, the daughter of Ransom and Erma Reber Marvin. They 
have three children, all born in Spokane. 



Nicole Dawn, born 20 October 1969 
Chad Christian, born 27 April 1971 
Angela Rene, born 27 April 1971 



[ twins 



Darrell has been a general contractor in new construction, and is 
owner and operator of Valley Maintenance, a remodeling com- 
pany. He has an interesting hobby of making stained-glass 
windows. 

Geraldine Phoebe Griepp5 (Herbert, Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 5 November 1935, in New London, Wisconsin. On 4 
June 1955, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she married Donald Paul 
Gudmundson, born 30 October 1932, in Minneapolis, the son 
of Sigurd and Myrtle Hutchinson Gudmundson. Don enlisted in 
the U.S. Air Force in 1951, and was discharged as a staff sergeant 
in 1955. He was assigned to the Strategic Air Command, served 
in Guam, and participated in the H-Bomb tests at Bikini Atoll 
in April-May 1954. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering 
at the University of Minnesota in 1961, and was senior develop- 
ment engineer at Honeywell Corp. in Minneapolis. Don and 
Geraldine have four children, all born in Minneapolis. 

Holly Rae Gudmundson, born 10 January 1956 
Dean Patrick Gudmundson, born 21 February 1959 
Jennifer Lynne Gudmundson. born 20 May 1963 
Nicole May Gudmundson, born 24 February 1972 

Don suffered an acute aneurysm on 27 August 1979 and died 7 
September 1979. 



1 14 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Crystal Evangeline Griepp5 (Herbert, Frank, Albert, 
Gott) was born 2 January 1937, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She 
graduated from Minnesota Business College in 1956, and works 
part-time as a bookkeeper and accountant. On 23 November 
1957, in Minneapolis, she married Ronald Peter Lein, born 4 
May 1936, in Fargo, North Dakota, the son of Peter Elias and 
Dorothy Muriel Maxwell Lein. They have four children, all born 
in Minneapolis. 

Kim Crystal Lein, born 3 March 1959 
Bentley Craig Lein, born 3 November 1961 
Vicki Jean Lein, born 12 April 1963 
Brenda Sue Lein, born 22 September 1964 

Ron has been with the Burlington Northern Railway over twenty 
years, six years as a yard master. 

Arden Herbert Griepp5 (Herbert, Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 12 March 1938, in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. On 14 
March 1959, in Minneapolis, he married Janet Joan Eleanor 
Olson, born 28 March 1938, in Virginia, Minnesota. They have 
three children, all born in Minneapolis. 

Cheryl Suzanne, born 11 January 1960 
Darrell Arden, born 7 April 1961 
Craig Richard, born 7 July 1963 

Arden is in partnership with his brother Dale operating the 
Griepp blacktopping business in Minneapolis. Besides his interest 
in winter sports, Arden is an amateur artist, painting in oils. 

Dale Conrad Griepp5 (Herbert, Frank, Albert, Gott) was 
born 20 December 1940, in Minneapolis. Dale enlisted in the 
U.S. Naval Reserve while in high school and was called to active 
duty for two years, spending one year at the Quantanamo Naval 
Base in Cuba. On 25 November 1961, in Minneapolis, he married 
Kathleen Kay Johnson, born 7 February 1942, in Heron Lake, 



The Fifth Generation 1 1 5 

Minnesota, the daughter of Edward and Hilda Clara Loesch 
Johnson. They have three children, all born in Minneapolis. 

Troy Anthony, born 21 September 1962 
Jillayne Marie, born 30 March 1965 
Matthew Dale, born 12 January 1968 

Dale is the other half of the Griepp blacktopping business; to- 
gether with his brother., Arden, and their father who had his own 
trucks and heavy equipment in the same work, they have built 
and paved the driveways in a good share of the growing south 
and west areas of Minneapolis. Dale and Kathy are active in the 
Wooddale Baptist Church in Burnsville, Minnesota. 

Phillip Darrell GrieppS (Herbert, Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 20 April 1944, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received 
his B.A. in Theology from North Central Bible College in 1967, 
his M.A. in Religious Education from Central Baptist Theological 
Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1970, and his pastoral train- 
ing at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago in 1971. In 
1973 he was ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church of 
America. 

On 12 August 1967, at Alexandria, Minnesota, he married 
Linda Ardythe Bjurlin, born 21 January 1945, in Glenwood, 
Minnesota, the daughter of Alvin A. and Marjorie J. Henning 
Bjurlin. They have two children, both born in Crookston, 
Minnesota. 

Heidi Lynn, born 15 April 1973 
Timothy Paul, born 12 June 1975 

Linda took her nurses training at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, 
and has nursed at various hospitals from 1965 to 1971. Phillip 
pastored the Evangelical Covenant Church in Crookston, Min- 
nesota, from 1971 to 1977, and is now pastoring the Covenant 
Church in Pennock, Minnesota. 



1 16 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Shirley Ann Griepp5 (Marcus, Frank, Albert, Gott) was 
born 17 June 1941, in Shawano, Wisconsin. She earned her B.A. 
in Literature at Wheaton College, Illinois, in 1963, and worked 
for the next three years in feature writing for magazines. On 2 
April 1966, at Shawano, Wisconsin, she married Warren Roger 
Wilcox, born 29 April 1945, in San Diego, California, the son 
of Maurice L. and Iola E. Anson Wilcox. Warren earned his 
B.S. in Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1967. 
He and Shirley have two children, both born in Denver, Colorado. 

Karma Lyn Wilcox, born 23 June 1970 
Marshall Leroy Wilcox, born 10 August 1976 

Warren operates a construction and cabinet-making business in 
Aurora, Colorado. 

Jeanette Louise Griepp5 (Marcus, Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 16 October 1943, in Shawano, Wisconsin. She received 
her B.A. in English Literature at Wheaton College, Illinois, in 
1965. She is married to Kenny Michael Berkovitz, born 28 
October 1945, the son of William and Eva Gordon Berkovitz. 
They have two sons, both born in Denver, Colorado. 

Zachary Marc-Ivan Berkovitz, born 8 January 1973 
Michael William Berkovitz, born 5 December 1974 

Ken operates a carpet business, The Rug Man, in Denver. Jeanette 
is a distributor of Shaklee products. 

Milton Charles Griepp5 (Marcus, Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 23 May 1953, in Shawano, Wisconsin. He earned his 
B.S. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 
1976. He is currently working on his doctorate in the same field, 
and is part owner and operator of a publications distribution 
company in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Randall Bertram GrieppS (Frank Jr., Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 11 March 1940, in Marshall, Minnesota. He earned his 
B.S. in Biology at the California Institute of Technology, Pasa- 



The Fifth Generation \ ] 7 

dena in 1962, and his M.D. at Stanford University School of 
Medicine in 1967. His residency training was both in General 
Surgery and in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, at Stanford 
from 1968 to 1973, and he has been board certified by the 
American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Thoracic 
Surgery. He was assistant professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at 
Stanford University from 1973 to 1976, and was in charge of 
one of the heart transplant teams. 

Currently he is Professor of Surgery and Chief of Cardio- 
thoracic Surgery in both the State University of New York, Down- 
state Medical Center, Brooklyn, and in the Kings County Hospital 
Center, Brooklyn. He is a consultant in surgery at Brooklyn 
Hospital, Veterans Administration Hospital, Staten Island Hos- 
pital, and Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn. By invitation, he 
has presented cardiac surgery and heart transplant research papers 
at medical conferences in Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, 
Helsinki, Madrid, Jerusalem, Rome, Lyon, and at Cambridge 
University. His bibliography lists ninety-three articles published 
in various medical journals and include two chapters on cardiac 
homotransplants in medical textbooks. His thirty abstracts include 
articles such as: "Two year experience with human heart trans- 
plants," "Does cardiac transplantation significantly prolong life 
and improve its quality?" "Evaluation in vivo of an electrically 
driven intrathoracic left ventricular device," and "A decade of 
human heart transplantation." 

On 23 August 1968, in Monterey, California, he married Eva 
Botstein, born 3 December 1944, in Zurich, Switzerland, the 
daughter of Charles and Anne Wyszewianska Botstein. Eva 
earned her B.A. in English Literature at Radcliffe College, Cam- 
bridge, Massachusetts, in 1965, and her M.D. at New York 
University in 1969. She is board certified in pediatrics, and is 
currently doing research in cell biology. Randall and Eva make 
their home in an apartment they own in the United Nations Plaza 
building on the East River, New York City. 

Galen Frank Griepp5 (Frank, Jr., Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born on his paternal grandmother's sixty-first birthday, 10 



118 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

March 1946, in Shawano, Wisconsin. He earned his B.A. in 
History at Claremont Men's College, California, in 1968, and his 
J.D. at Loyola University School of Law, Los Angeles, in 1971. 
He received an ROTC commission in 1968, and served three 
months active duty in 1971-72. He was admitted to the California 
State Bar in 1971, and is In-House Counsel for the Southern 
California Auto Club in Los Angeles, specializing in injury and 
liability cases. 

On 22 April 1979, in San Francisco, California, he married 
Sharon McRee, born 2 May 1948, in Bethesda, Maryland, the 
daughter of Drewry and Faith Smith. [Sharon is a great great grand- 
daughter of J. E. B. Stuart, the Confederate Civil War general.] 
She earned her B.S. in Law at Glendale College, in 1973, and 
her J.D. at Valley University in 1976, and was admitted to the 
California State Bar the same year. She is also an attorney for 
the Southern California Auto Club. Galen has a son by a previous 
marriage, born in Pasadena, California. 

Galen Maximilian, born 12 May 1976 

Marvel Muriel Griepp5 (Frank, Jr., Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 28 September 1952, in Washington, D.C., at Walter 
Reed Memorial Hospital. She earned her B.A. in History of Art 
at Stanford University in 1974, and did her work for the M.A. 
in the same field at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She 
is employed at the Theo. Donson Galleries in New York and 
works in the fields of appraisal, European purchases, and catalog 
writing. 

Susan Carol Schoen5 (Bertha, Frank, Albert, Gott) was 
born 28 August 1953, in Seymour, Wisconsin. She earned her 
B.A. at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1975. On 29 
May 1976, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, in Seymour, she 
married William Norbert Shimon, born 9 February 1953, in 
Manitowoc, Wisconsin, the son of Norbert E. and Irene Von- 
vrachek Shimon. Bill received his B.S. in Business Administration 
at Carrol College, Waukesha, Wisconsin, in 1975. Susan is a 



The Fifth Generation 1 1 9 

secretary for the Lutheran Laymen's Insurance and Bill operates 
a floor-covering business in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

Mary Jo Griepp5 (Fred, Frank, Albert, Gott) was born 3 
March 1951, in Kalispell, Montana. She received an A. A. degree 
from Flathead Valley Community College in 1 97 1 . On 30 October 
1971, at Kalispell, she married Frank (Tony) A. Wheeler, born 
in Lansing, Michigan, the son of Phillip and Ruth Wheeler. 
They have one son, born in Anchorage, Alaska. 

Mark Augustus Wheeler, born 15 June 1977 

Tony served in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1971. He oper- 
ates a photographic business in Anchorage, Alaska. 

Joyce Helen Griepp5 (Fred, Frank, Albert, Gott) was 
born 17 November 1952, in Kalispell, Montana. She received 
her A. A. degree at Flathead College in 1973, and is working 
toward a B.A. in Social Service at the University of Alaska, 
Anchorage. On 17 June 1973 she married John Tucker. 

Janice Cheryl Griepp5 (Fred, Frank, Albert, Gott) was 
born 1 December 1953, in Kalispell, Montana. On 10 November 
1973 she married Victor Zak, Jr., in Kalispell. They have two 
children, both born in Kalispell. 

Sarah Ann Zak, born 15 June 1974 
David Victor Zak, born 7 July 1977 

Ronda Ann Griepp5 (Fred, Frank, Albert, Gott) was born 
9 January 1956, in Kalispell, Montana. She married Kevin Robert 
Neitzling. Their daughter was born in Kalispell. 

Adyn Marie Neitzling, born 21 October 1975 
Colleen Faith Griepp5 (Fred, Frank, Albert, Gott) was 



120 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

born 13 August 1957, in Kalispell, Montana. On 22 May 1976, at 
Central Bible Church, Kalispell, she married Alan Lee Nolan, 
son of James and Rosie Nolan. Alan is in the U.S. Navy, 
Submarine Service, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 

Mildred Mae Abendroth5 (Elmer Ab, Minnie, Albert, 
Gott) was born 1 March 1927, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her 
first marriage, which ended in divorce, was to Donald Butler, of 
Norman, Oklahoma. Their only child was born in South Dakota. 

Sharon Lee Butler, born 28 September 1946 

On 3 December 1954, in Menominee, Michigan, she married 
Donald Harold Buck, born 15 October 1925, in Goodman, 
Wisconsin, the son of Harold D. and Mae Belle Miller Buck. 
Donald enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served on an 
ammunition ship in the Pacific. In 1945 he enlisted for a two-year 
tour in the U.S. Army. Don and Mildred have three children, 
the first one born in Wisconsin and the other two in Illinois. 



Marcella Mildred Buck, born 2 September 1955, Rhine- 
lander 
Lynn Arnold Buck, born 5 April 1958, Sycamore 
Theresa Clare Buck, born 5 October 1963, Geneva 

Donald is a foreman at Safeguard Automotive, Marinette, Wis- 
consin. 



Shirley Ann Abendroth5 (Elmer Ab, Minnie, Albert, 
Gott) was born 8 October 1930, in Appleton, Wisconsin. On 
31 December 1949, at Menominee, Michigan, she married Forbes 
Lewis Prouse, born 22 November 1918, in Aberdeen, South 
Dakota. He was in the U.S. Army in World War II, and served 
in the Philippines, winning a purple heart. Forbes and Shirley 
have four children, the first three born in South Dakota and the 
fourth, in Wisconsin. 



The Fifth Generation 1 2 1 

Edward Lewis Prouse, born 5 May 1951, Mitchell 
Timothy Michael Prouse, born 29 September 1955, Aber- 
deen 
Thomas Jacob Prouse, born 23 August 1958, Sioux Falls 
Kathleen Mary Prouse, born 14 November 1961, Appleton 

Forbes was employed by the Appleton Public Schools as head 
mechanic, and had just retired, when he died of a heart attack 
on 1 August 1977. He is buried in Highland Memorial Park in 
Appleton. Shirley is occupied as a nurse's aid in Appleton, 
Wisconsin. 

Elfie Mae Gloudemans5 (Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott) 
was born 8 November 1925, in Chicago, Illinois. She received 
her B.S. in Education from Wayne State University, Detroit, 
Michigan, in 1971. She taught several years in the Roper School 
for gifted children. On 14 September 1946 she married Theodore 
Richard Gibson, born 7 January 1926, in Dayton, Ohio. They 
had seven children, possibly all born in Michigan. 

Michael Gibson, born 27 November 1947, Flint 
Judy Elfie Gibson, born 23 May 1950, Flint 
Sandra Jean Gibson, born 15 June 1951, Pontiac 
Craig Gibson, born 13 July 1953 
James Gibson, born 13 October 1954 
Sharon Gibson, born 16 August 1957 
Dianne Gibson, born 4 August 1960 

Theodore received his B.S. in Engineering at Notre Dame Uni- 
versity in 1944. He is a tool engineer with General Motors in 
Pontiac, Michigan. Elfie Mae died of cancer on 13 December 
1973. 

Ruth Ann GloudemansS (Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott) 
was born 27 November 1927, in Chicago. On 24 November 
1949, in Appleton, Wisconsin, she married Carl Eugene Ebban, 
born 24 October 1927, in Appleton, the son of Robert and Dora 
Schilling Ebban. They have ten children, all born in Appleton. 



122 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Clifford Andrew Ebban, born 5 March 1951 
Stephen Robert Ebban, born 30 September 1953 
Barbara Jean Ebban, born 13 November 1954 
Nancy Ann Ebban, born 2 November 1955 
Margaret Mary Ebban, born 21 June 1959 
Daniel Joseph Ebban, born 22 April 1961 
Eric John Ebban, born 15 June 1962 
Timothy Joseph Ebban, born 27 June 1963 
Thomas Carl Ebban, born 13 December 1964 
Andrew David Ebban, born 19 January 1967 

Carl is a printer and half owner of a printing partnership in 
Appleton, Wisconsin. 



Richard Edward Gloudemans5 (Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert, 
Gott) was born 7 February 1929, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. 
In January 1950 at Beaver Dam he married Helen Rose Drexler, 
born 14 June 1931, in Beaver Dam, the daughter of Michael and 
Marie Repp Drexler. They have five children, all born in Wis- 
consin. 

Charles Richard Gloudemans, born 13 March 1951, Appleton 
Thomas Richard Gloudemans, born 22 September 1952, 

Beaver Dam 
Joseph Richard Gloudemans, born 17 August 1954, Beaver 

Dam 
Lisa Meria Gloudemans, born 3 January 1959, Beaver Dam 
Christina Meria Gloudemans, born 10 March 1962, Beaver 

Dam 

Richard is employed by the Beaver Dam Telephone Company. 

James Robert Gloudemans5 (Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert, 
Gott) was born 12 September 1939, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. 
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, in 1961, 
and spent the next six years on active duty with the Navy, being 
discharged as a lieutenant. Then he earned his M.S. and PH.D. 
in Nuclear Physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 
1961 he married Joyce Thalke. They have five children. 



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James Robert Gloudemans, Jr., born 6 July 1962, San 
Diego, California 

David Gloudemans, born 16 November 1963, Vallejo, Cali- 
fornia 

Elizabeth Gloudemans, born , Idaho Falls, Idaho 

John Gloudemans, born 3 March 1966 

Julie Gloudemans, born 4 April 1971, Madison, Wisconsin 

Faye Janice Abendroth5 (Art Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott) 
was born 20 December 1937, in Hamilton, Montana. On 7 Feb- 
ruary 1959 she married William Foss, born 7 February 1937, 
in Hallock, Minnesota, the son of Olaf B. and Florenda E. Skeme 
Foss. They have three children, all born in Minnesota. 

Steven Dean Foss, born 22 December 1959, Minneapolis 
Pamela Kim Foss, born 5 January 1961, Minneapolis 
Sheryl Marie Foss, born 7 September 1962, St. Paul 

William received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, at the Uni- 
versity of Minnesota, Minneapolis. 

Carol Elaine Abendroth5 (Art Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott) 
was born 11 April 1939, in Hamilton, Montana. She married 
Robert Paul Gooch, born in 1940. The marriage was performed 
in a Salvation Army church in Minneapolis; both Robert and 
Carol are captains in the Salvation Army. They have two sons. 

David Bramwell Gooch, born 6 March 1968, Edmonton, 

Alb., Canada 
Paul Gooch, born November 1970 

Bette Joan Abendroth5 (Art Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott) 
was born 9 September 1941, in International Falls, Minnesota. 
In September 1960 she married Russel Day Hanover, born in 
1935, in Little Fork, Minnesota. They have three children, all 
born in International Falls. 

Roger Day Hanover, born 22 September 1962 
John Charles Hanover, born 13 August 1965 
Leslie Ann Hanover, born 1 March 1969 



124 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Bette is divorced and is now married to Harvey Miller, of 
Lakewood, Colorado. 

Barbara Claire Abendroth5 (Art Ab, Minnie, Albert, 
Gott) was born 8 December 1943, in International Falls, Min- 
nesota. She married Richard Kadar, born in Chicago in 1936. 
They had no children. Barbara died in an auto accident 7 April 
1971, at Joliet, Illinois. She is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, 
International Falls. 

Susan Marie Abendroth5 (Art Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott) 
was born 7 November 1946, in International Falls, Minnesota. On 
21 September 1968 she married Robert Paul Flovick, born 24 
October 1946, in Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada, the son of 
Paul and Lillian Blunc Flovick. They have one son, born in 
International Falls. 

Thomas Robert Flovick, born 21 July 1972 

Robert received his B.A. in Education at the University of Min- 
nesota, Bemidji, and has taught school for the past six years. 

Thomas Arthur Abendroth5 (Art Ab, Minnie, Albert, 
Gott) was born 21 November 1948, in International Falls, Min- 
nesota. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years, 
served in Vietnam, in the Swift operation and in the Mameluke 
campaign, and at Kaisan served as a member of the Honor Guard 
for funerals of Marine battle casualties. He is employed in the 
Green Forest Sawmill in Little Fork, Minnesota. 

Jerry Lee Abendroth5 (Art Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott) 
was born 25 June 1951, in International Falls, Minnesota. He 
earned his B.A. in Management at the State University, St. Cloud, 
Minnesota, in 1977. He is assistant manager of the Drug Store 
and of the theaters, Cine 1 and 2, all in International Falls. On 
17 July 1974, in the same city, he married Michele Lorraine 
Beer, born 17 September 1954, in International Falls, the daugh- 
ter of Robert and Virginia Pavich Beer. 



The Fifth Generation 125 

Oliver Ray Warner5 (Esther Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott) 
was born 13 March 1929, in Appleton, Wisconsin. On 10 June 
1950, in Appleton, he married Phyllis Miller, born 13 June 1932, 
in Hortonville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Arthur and Hazel 
Schultz Miller. They have six children, all born in Appleton. 

Judith Ann Warner, born 6 May 1951 
Robert Ray Warner, born 13 October 1953 
Diane Lynn Warner, born 4 January 1955 
Allen Lee Warner, born 14 December 1957 
Barbara Jean Warner, born 7 November 1959 
June Beth Warner, born 2 March 1964 

Oliver is employed as a foreman at the Fox Tractor Co. in Ap- 
pleton. 

Donald Earl Warner5 (Esther Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott) 
was born 10 February 1939, in Appleton, Wisconsin. He enlisted 
in the U.S. Air Force in 1958 for a four-year tour of duty, 
spending part of that time in Italy. On 2 September 1957, at 
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, he married Helen Kaul. They have 
three children. 

Gregory Allen Warner, born 7 February 1962, Louisiana 
Kerie Warner, born 20 January 1963, Louisiana 
Robbie Warner, born 20 May 1965, Appleton 

Donald is an oil rig operator in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Esther Ruth Warner5 (Esther Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott) 
was born 7 December 1946, in Appleton, Wisconsin. She married 
James Allen Bascombe, who is in the U.S. Navy, stationed at 
Norfolk, Virginia. They have two sons, both born in Appleton. 

James (Jimmy) Bascombe, Jr., born 25 May 1968 
Lorren Paul Bascombe, born 4 November 1969 

Edwin Gordon Marquardt5 (Edwin Ma, Sr., Louise, 
Albert, Gott) was born 19 September 1937, in Tomahawk, Wis- 



126 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

consin. He received his B.A. in Education at University of 
Wisconsin, Superior, in 1959. Via ROTC he entered the U.S. 
Air Force as a second lieutenant and remained on active duty 
for eleven years, serving in Texas, Minnesota, and Illinois, and 
at Thule, Greenland, and on Taiwan. He was discharged as a 
captain. 

On 28 May 1960, at Falun, Wisconsin, he married Joanne 
Ella Johnson, born 18 October 1938, in North Canaan, Con- 
necticut, the daughter of Walter and Ella Warren Johnson. They 
have three children. 



Steven Walter Marquardt, born 25 February 1962, Tacoma, 
Washington 

John David Marquardt, born 29 June 1964, Duluth, Minne- 
sota 

Janice Dorothy Marquardt, born 10 November 1965, Duluth, 
Minnesota 



Since 1970 Edwin has earned his M.A. in Education at the 
University of Northern Colorado, Greely, and in 1977 became 
the principal of South Elementary School in Sidney, Nebraska. 

David Frederick Marquardt5 (Edwin Ma, Sr., Louise, 
Albert, Gott) was born 25 August 1942, in Tomahawk, Wiscon- 
sin. On 28 September 1963 he married Mary Lou Wegman. He 
has spent two years in the U.S. Army. 

Joan Katherine Marquardt5 (Ted Ma, Louise, Albert, 
Gott) was born 12 February 1939, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. 
She graduated from the Michael Reese School of Nursing in 
1961, and was commissioned as an Air Force nurse serving until 
1963. On 28 June 1963, in the Westover Air Force Base Chapel 
in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, she married Sidney Gilman 
Mclntyre, born 22 May 1933, in San Jose, California, the son 
of Rolland S. and Eleanor Wells Mclntyre. They have two 
children. 



The Fijth Generation 1 27 

Daniel Benjamin Mclntyre, born 21 April 1964, Warner 

Robins, Georgia 
Sarah Stephanie Mclntyre, born 29 August 1968, Fairborn, 

Ohio 

Sidney served in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator, and after 
twenty-four years of service has retired to live in the San Joaquin 
Valley, California. 

Gail Louise Marquardt5 (Ted Ma, Louise, Albert, Gott) 
was born 4 April 1945, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She took her 
nurses training in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and is employed as 
a practical nurse. 

Dennis Carl MarquardtS (Ted Ma, Louise, Albert, Gott) 
was born 23 February 1947, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He en- 
listed in the U.S. Army in 1965, served in Vietnam in 1966-67, 
as a Signal Corpsman, at Na Trang. He is a telephone lineman in 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Mary Elizabeth Marquardt5 (Ted Ma, Louise, Albert, 
Gott) was born 24 October 1951, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. On 
28 March 1970 she married Dean Lester. They have one son, 
born in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. 

Russell Thomas Lester, born 17 April 1972 

Donna Ruth Sorenson5 (Ruth Ma, Louise, Albert, Gott) 
was born 28 April 1945, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. On Christmas 
Day, 1971, in Seattle, Washington, she wed Alfred B. Covert, 
born 12 November 1944, in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of 
Alfred B. and Virginia Wagoner Reimer. They have one daughter, 
born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. 

Alicia Beth Covert, born 13 September 1976 

Alfred served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1969, as a sonar 



128 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

technician, and was stationed in Key West, Florida; Adak, Alaska; 
and Bermuda. He is now working in computerized temperature 
controls in Littleton, Colorado. 

Mary Louise Swenson5 (Genevieve Ma, Louise, Albert, 
Gott) was born 10 September 1943. She received her B.A. in 
Education at Bangor, Maine. She is wed to James L. Burns, an 
engineer with Aquatic Well Drilling, working in oil drilling in 
Saudi Arabia. 

Dale Russell Swenson5 (Genevieve Ma, Louise, Albert, 
Gott) was born 23 May 1951. He graduated from Georgia 
Institute of Technology, Atlanta, and is working as an engineer in 
designs and testing. 

Nancy Lea Griepp5 (Edwin, Gust, Albert, Gott) was born 
23 December 1950, in Sisseton, South Dakota. On 10 April 1971, 
at Sisseton, she married Dennis Errol Althoff, born 14 January 
1950, in Webster, South Dakota, the son of Earl S. and Serina 
A. Holland Althoff. They have three children. 

Nicholas Lee Althoff, born 31 January 1972, New Orleans, 

Louisiana 
Gwendolyn Denise Althoff, born 19 August 1973, Waubay, 

South Dakota 
Rebecca Sue Althoff, born 20 October 1976, White Sulphur 

Springs, Montana 

Dennis served two years in the U.S. Navy. He owns and operates 
a post and pole plant in White Sulphur Springs, Montana. 

Wanda Joy Griepp5 (Edwin, Gust, Albert, Gott) was born 
12 April 1952, in Sisseton, South Dakota. On 28 August 1971, 
in Sisseton, she married Douglas H. Gross, born 2 November 
1950, in Watertown, South Dakota, the son of Henry K. and 
Elizabeth Mandell Gross. They have three children, all born in 
Watertown. 



The Fifth Generation \ 29 

Tania Joy Gross, born 31 July 1973 
Tiffany Ann Gross, born 4 February 1975 
Teresa Louise Gross, born 4 July 1977 

Douglas served in the National Guard for eight years, and is a 
welder in Summit, South Dakota. 

Anna Louise Griepp5 (Edwin, Gust, Albert, Gott) was 
born 18 December 1953, in Sisseton, South Dakota. On 17 
August 1973, at Ortley, South Dakota, she married Richard 
Kettering, Jr., a librarian in Gettysburg, South Dakota. 

Janet Ann OlsonS (Bob Olson, Elsie, Albert, Gott) was 
born 12 December 1946, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She graduated 
from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, Missouri, 
and is a registered nurse. On 23 September 1967, at Northfield. 
Illinois, she married Steven Robert Christiansen, born 7 February 
1944, in Chicago, the son of Robert I. and Alice V. Olson 
Christiansen. They have three sons, all born in Evanston, Illinois. 

Eric Steven Christiansen, born 11 May 1970 
Jeffrey Robert Christiansen, born 4 August 1972 
Christopher Alan Christiansen, born 23 November 1976 

Steven is following a career in the plastics industry in Palatine, 
Illinois. 

Richard Harris Olson5 (Harris Olson, Elsie, Albert, Gott) 
was born 26 September 1948, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is 
married to Sheila, and is a sales manager for GMC in Milwaukee, 
Wisconsin. 

Sandra Joy Niemeyer5 (Iris Olson, Elsie, Albert, Gott) was 
born 12 July 1948, in St. Charles, Missouri. On 20 July 1968, 
at Tustin, California, she married Steven Mclntyre, born 19 
April 1947, in Santa Ana, the son of William C. and Harriet 
Mcintosh Mclntyre. They have a daughter. 



130 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Kristin Mclntyre, born 29 December 1972 

Sandra was divorced, and on 18 November 1979 at Newport 
Beach, California, married Barry Whitesides. Barry graduted from 
Stanford University in 1973, and is in investment counseling. 
Sandra has been a professional model, and is selling real estate. 

Judith Ann Niemeyer5 (Iris Olson, Elsie, Albert, Gott) 
was born 17 February 1950, in Bremerton, Washington. On 1 
July 1972 at the Red Hill Lutheran Church, in Tustin, California, 
we attended her wedding to Arnold Charles Troftgruben, Jr., 
born 8 May 1950, in Santa Ana, California, the son of Arnold 
and Fern Troftgruben. Judith earned her M.A. in Nutrition at 
the University of California, Davis, and was a home economist 
on the staff of the University of Illinois while her husband was 
completing his veterinary medicine studies. He earned his D.V.M. 
at the University of Illinois, has been board certified in California, 
and is practicing in Vista, California. Judith and Arnold have a 
daughter, born at Oceanside, California. 

Dana Joy Troftgruben, born 12 October 1979 

David Alan Niemeyer5 (Iris Olson, Elsie, Albert, Gott) 
was born 30 August 1954, in Portsmouth, Virginia. He earned 
his B.S. in Natural Resources Management at California State 
Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, in 1977. At the same place and 
time Janet Martinelli received her B.S. in Education. They were 
married 10 September 1977 in Sacramento, California. Janet is 
the daughter of Dr. Donald and Janet Casteel Martinelli. David 
and Janet have a son, born in King City, California. 

Christopher Scott Niemeyer, born 16 November 1979 

Janet is teaching in Atascadero, California, and Dave is teaching 
in the King City High School, California. 

Roberta (Bobbie) Jean GrieppS (Ezra, Art, Albert, Gott) 
was born 14 March 1949, in Watertown, South Dakota. On 30 



The Fifth Generation 1 3 1 

August 1969, in Aberdeen, South Dakota, she married Theodore 
Lowell Ekanger, born 11 December 1946, in Sioux Falls, South 
Dakota, the son of Francis E. and Virginia E. Harden Ekanger. 
They have a son, born in Aberdeen, South Dakota. 

Talmage Philip Ekanger, born 28 November 1976 

Ted earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at South Dakota 
State University, Brookings. He spent four years in the U.S. Air 
Force as a jet pilot trainer. 

Douglas Arthur Griepp5 (Ezra, Art, Albert, Gott) was 
born 11 July 1952, in Watertown, South Dakota. He graduated 
from Central Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, in 1974. On 
7 June 1975, at Bethel Temple, Hayward, California, he married 
Suzanne Marie Reif, born 17 June 1954, in Oakland, California, 
the daughter of Rader P. and Naomi L. Corneli Reif. They have 
a daughter, born in Hayward. 

January Joy, born 23 January 1977 

Suzanne is a graduate of Bryman School of Medical Assistants, 
San Jose, California. Douglas is employed as a carpenter. 

Roger Allen Griepp5 (Ezra, Art, Albert, Gott) was born 

21 November 1953, in Watertown, South Dakota. He graduated 
from Central Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, in 1977, with 
a major in music. 

Violet Jane Griepp5 (Aaron, Art, Albert, Gott) was born 

22 October 1948, in Webster, South Dakota. She received her 
B.A. in Elementary Education at Huron College, South Dakota. 
On 17 August 1968 she married Maurice Ray Stahl, born 9 
December 1948, in Huron, South Dakota. They have two 
children, both born in Huron. 

Elizabeth Ann Stahl, born 15 May 1972 
David Michael Stahl, born 17 January 1975 



132 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Maurice received his B.A. in Political Science, at Huron College, 
and is an agent for the Midland National Life Insurance Co. 
Violet has been teaching school in the Huron and Watertown 
area. 

Paul Aaron Griepp5 (Aaron, Art, Albert, Gott) was born 
17 September 1950, in Webster, South Dakota. On 26 December 
1970 he married Sharla Jo Mills, born 11 September 1950, in 
Burke, South Dakota, the daughter of Marvin W. and Lorraine 
Alford Mills. Paul is an insurance salesman, and a member of 
National Association of Life Underwriters. 

Carol Joy Griepp5 (Aaron, Art, Albert, Gott) was born 
17 September 1958. She is married to Rodney Keszler. 

Nancy Victoria Mastley5 (Wilma, Art, Albert, Gott) was 
born 2 October 1949, in Minneapolis. She graduated from the 
Pearl Lowman School of Cosmetology in 1968, and is a beauty 
consultant. 

Jeffrey Anthony Mastley5 (Wilma, Art, Albert, Gott) 
was born 18 May 1951, in Minneapolis. He is a corporal in the 
U.S. Marine Reserves, is employed by the Mastley Construction 
Co., and is married to Barbara Jane Boese. 

LaDonna Kay Larsen5 (Marian, Art, Albert, Gott) was 
born 30 August 1951. She is married to Paul Wyatt. 

Patricia Jo Larsen5 (Marian, Art, Albert, Gott) was born 
26 July 1957. She is a licensed practical nurse and is employed 
at Saline Memorial Hospital. She is the wife of John Payne. 

Becky Lynn Griepp5 (James, Art, Albert, Gott) was born 
16 August 1955, in Britton, South Dakota. On 27 October 1974, 
in the Gospel Tabernacle, New Kensington, Pennsylvania, she 
married John Joseph Everhart, Jr., born 28 April 1954, New 
Kensington, the son of John J. and Agnes Twardeck Everhart. 



The Fifth Generation 133 

John received his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Pitts- 
burgh in 1976, and is employed by the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. 

Janice Elaine Griepp5 (Allen, Art, Albert, Gott) was born 
27 November 1955, in Watertown, South Dakota. She graduated 
from Lake Area Vocational School and is a beautician. On 30 
October 1976 she married Steve Lynn Rudebusch, born 2 January 
1955, in Watertown, the son of Eugene and Shirley Knopf 
Rudebusch. 

Randall Virgil Schlotte5 (Alice, Art, Albert, Gott) was 
born 3 August 1957, in Webster, South Dakota. He graduated 
from Trinity Western College, Langley, B.C. Canada, in a 
Missionary Aviation course. 

Rebecca Ann Harris5 (Emerson Harris, Anna, Albert, 
Gott) was born 18 January 1947, in Mobridge, South Dakota. 
She earned her B.S. in Education at Black Hills State College. 
Spearfish, South Dakota, and taught school in South Dakota and 
Dix, Nebraska. On 21 August 1965, in the Congregational Church 
of Isabel, South Dakota, she married Duane Joe Stapert. born 
12 May 1943, in Isabel, the son of William and Edna Eisenbeisz 
Stapert. Duane entered the U.S. Army in 1967 and spent one 
year in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He 
is the manager of the meat department at the Rushmore Safeway. 
in the Rapid City area. Rebecca is secretary at the Lutheran 
Social Service, Rapid City. They have two sons. 

Joseph Clinton Stapert, born 17 February 1972, Kimball. 

Nebraska 
Jason William Stapert, born 20 August 1976, Rapid City. 

South Dakota 

Vern Allen Harris5 (Emerson Harris, Anna, Albert, Gott) 
was born 27 April 1948, in Mobridge, South Dakota. He was 
the first son of Emerson and Betty Harris, and the grandson of a 
Spanish-American War veteran. He had completed eighteen 



134 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

months at Northern State College, Aberdeen, South Dakota, when 
he enlisted in the U.S. Army, on 1 February 1968. In his basic 
training at Fort Lewis, Washington, he won the Outstanding 
Trainee Award. In June 1968 he was sent to Vietnam. For his 
heroism in military operations against a hostile force, in Hieu 
Thien Province, he was awarded his second Bronze Star medal, 
with "V" for Valor, on 15 September 1968. The citation reads: 

Private First Class Harris distinguished himself by heroic actions 
on 15 September 1968, while serving with Co. B, 1st Bn., 27th 
Inf. in the Republic of Vietnam. While on a combat operation, 
Private Harris' unit came under an intense hostile attack pinning 
an element down. With complete disregard for his own safety, 
Private Harris exposed himself to a heavy volume of hostile fire 
as he moved to a more advantageous position where he began 
placing effective suppressive fire on the enemy force. Private 
Harris continued to place devastating fire on the hostile force 
until he was mortally wounded. His valorous actions contributed 
immeasurably to the success of the mission and the defeat of the 
enemy force. Private Harris' personal bravery, aggressiveness, and 
devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the 
military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, the 
25th Inf. Div., and the United States Army. 

Vern also won the following medals in his short term of military 
service: Purple Heart, Gallantry Cross with Palm (Vietnamese), 
Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantry- 
man Badge, and Expert Badge. Vern was buried 28 October 
1968 in Hillview Cemetery, Isabel, South Dakota, in the family 
plot with his paternal grandparents. 

Barton Thomas HarrisS (Emerson Harris, Anna, Albert, 
Gott) was born 11 April 1953, in Isabel, South Dakota. After 
completing high school, he was in ranching with his father for 
two years, and then acquired his own ranch north of Glad Valley, 
South Dakota. On 13 November 1976, in St. Mary's Church, in 
Isabel, he married Mary Kathryn Alley, born 13 July 1953, in 
Hot Springs, South Dakota, the daughter of Robert C. and 



The Fifth Generation 1 35 

Grace L. Whitehead Alley. Mary received her B.S. in Nursing 
at South Dakota State University, Brookings, and was employed 
as an R.N. at Mobridge Community Hospital prior to her mar- 
riage. 

James Emerson Harris5 (Emerson Harris, Anna, Albert, 
Gott) was born 8 July 1954, in Isabel, South Dakota. On 16 
September 1973, in the Custer Community Church in Custer, 
South Dakota, he married Marilyn Jean Burr, born 4 March 1954, 
the daughter of James S. and Margaret L. Scheele Burr. They 
have a daughter, born in Hettinger, North Dakota. 

Amy Jean Harris, born 11 June 1976 

James and Marilyn operate a 3000-acre sheep and cattle ranch 
northeast of Glad Valley, South Dakota, which incorporates the 
ranch his parents operated, with additions of land. In a normal 
year they market about 360 lambs, 350 ewes, and 100 head of 
feeder cattle. In a short visit there on 7 September 1977, I saw 
some large farm machinery, but no plows, wide expanses of 
prairie grass, but no fresh soil face up to the weather. It is quite 
obvious that the Harrises, in three generations, have learned to 
cooperate with their portion of this vast inland sea of tall-grass 
prairie which stretches from Manitoba to Texas by restoring it 
to its original design, only replacing the buffalo with sheep and 
cattle. 

Is it too lonely in this vastness for a young couple to survive? 
The rainy morning we just happened to stop in to visit, we joined 
almost a dozen people for coffee; neighbors, with their wives, 
who were there to help them load several truckloads of lambs 
for market. 

John Clinton HarrisS (Emerson Harris, Anna, Albert, 
Gott) was born 8 July 1954, in Isabel, South Dakota, a twin of 
James. On 9 July 1973, at Gillette, Wyoming, he married Char- 
lene Kay Boysen, born 18 August 1955, in Mobridge, South 



136 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Dakota, the daughter of Wayne E. and Pansey M. Axland Boysen. 
They have three daughters. 

Bernicc Mae Harris, born 11 April 1974, Fort Gordon, 

Georgia 
Misty Rae Harris, born 20 January 1976, Beaufort, South 

Carolina 
Sabrina Kay Harris, born 8 January 1978, Sundance, 

Wyoming 

John served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, in Georgia 
and Parris Island, South Carolina, as a military policeman. He 
is employed by Safeway Stores in Newcastle, Wyoming. 

Kathryn Marie Rogers5 (Elaine Harris, Anna, Albert, 
Gott) was born 24 April 1946, in Mobridge, South Dakota. She 
earned her R.N. certification at St. John's Hospital, Rapid City, 
South Dakota. On 2 September 1967, in Osseo, Minnesota, she 
married Dennis Hofmeister, born 1 August 1946, in Minneapolis. 
They have four children, all born in Minneapolis. 

Carrie Denise Hofmeister, born 14 January 1969 
Kevin Thomas Hofmeister, born 16 July 1970 
Clinton Michael Hofmeister, born 6 April 1973 
Krista Marie Hofmeister, born 3 August 1974 

Gary Thomas Rogers5 (Elaine Harris, Anna, Albert, Gott) 
was born 4 November 1947, in Mobridge, South Dakota. On 9 
August 1971, at Currie, Minnesota, he married Gloria Morin, 
born 13 February 1950, in Currie. They have three children. 

Nathaniel Thomas Rogers, born 10 February 1972, New- 
port News, Virginia 
Natalie Jean Rogers, born 6 February 1973, Minneapolis 
Nicole John Rogers, born 20 September 1974, Fort Camp- 
bell, Kentucky 

Gary served at least one enlistment in the U.S. Army. 



The Fifth Generation 137 

John Clinton Rogers5 (Elaine Harris, Anna, Albert, Gott) 
was born 10 February 1950, in Mobridge, South Dakota. He 
enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1969 for four years, serving 
overseas in Thailand and Vietnam. On 16 September 1972, at 
Berthold, North Dakota, he married Lily Malcom, born 14 No- 
vember 1951, in Berthold, North Dakota. They have one 
daughter. 

Tami Jean Rogers, born 6 January 1974 

Daniel Paul Rogers5 (Elaine Harris, Anna, Albert, Gott) 
was born 19 August 1951, in Pierre, South Dakota. He enlisted 
in the U.S. Army for two years, and saw service in Vietnam. On 
27 October 1973, in Osseo, Minnesota, he married Lynn Pearson, 
born 26 February 1951, in Minneapolis. 

Madonna Joy Rogers5 (Elaine Harris, Anna, Albert, Gott) 
was born 2 April 1953, in Miller, South Dakota. She earned a 
B.S. in Social Service at the University of North Dakota, Grand 
Forks. 

Mary Elizabeth Rogers5 (Elaine Harris, Anna, Albert, 
Gott) was born 28 March 1955, in Miller, South Dakota. She 
studied for a career in fashion merchandising. On 27 December 
1975, at Mountain View, California, she married Phillip Kent 
Vincent, born 11 May 1956, in Sulphur, Louisiana. 

Marlow Ordean Aadland5 (Grace, Rudy, Albert, Gott) 
was born 13 January 1952, in Sisseton, South Dakota. On 30 
December 1976, at Sisseton, he married Lois Marie Weeks, born 
22 September 1951, in Sisseton, the daughter of Willis W. and 
Shirley Williams Weeks. They have one son, also born in Sisseton. 

Jason Ordean Aadland, born 29 June 1978 
Marlow is a deliveryman for Terrace Park Dairy in Sisseton. 



138 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Mark Allen Aadland5 (Grace, Rudy, Albert, Gott) was 
born 4 February 1954, in Sisseton, South Dakota. He earned a 
B.S. in Social Sciences at Northern State University, Aberdeen, 
South Dakota. 



Naomi Kay Aadland5 (Grace, Rudy, Albert, Gott) was 
born 24 October 1958, in Sisseton, South Dakota. On 6 August 
1977, at Sisseton, she married John Artis Brady, born 17 October 
1955, in Suitland, Maryland. John has served in the U.S. Navy, 
and is attending Trinity Bible Institute, Ellendale, North Dakota. 

Byron Lynn Debban5 (Jorden Debban, Esther, Albert, Gott) 
was born 14 May 1948, in Lebanon, Kentucky. He graduated 
with a B.S. in Public Health from George Fox College, Newberg, 
Oregon, in 1970, and received his Doctor of Chiropractic from 
the Los Angeles Chiropractic College in 1975. He is an associate 
with his father in the Shelton Chiropractic Center, Shelton, Wash- 
ington. 

Judy Kay Debban5 (Jorden Debban, Esther, Albert, Gott) 
was born 25 June 1950, in Aberdeen, Mississippi. She received 
her B.S. in Physical Education at Oregon College of Education, 
Monmouth, in 1972. She has taught, but is now employed as a 
secretary for a CPA in Seattle, Washington. 

Barbara Joan Debban5 (Marlowe Debban, Esther, Albert, 
Gott) was born 18 September 1948, in Weyauwega, Wisconsin. 
She earned her B.A. in Education at Pepperdine University, Los 
Angeles, in 1970. On 19 December 1970, in Los Angeles, she 
married Robert Michael Kadan, born 23 April 1947, in New 
York City, the son of Samuel and Dorothy Tanasievich Kadan. 
They have a son, born in Newport Beach, California. 

Derek Justin Kadan, born 17 September 1979 

Robert received his B.A. at San Fernando College, California. He 



The Fifth Generation 1 39 

and Barbara have taught school in La Paz, Bolivia; San Jose, 
Costa Rica; and in Monrovia, Liberia. Barbara now teaches 
Spanish in San Juan Capistrano, California, and Bob is an asso- 
ciate with Colonial Real Estate, and manager of the Irvine, 
California, office. 

Carla Jean Debban5 (Marlowe Debban, Esther, Albert, 
Gott) was born 13 October 1950, in Bonduel, Wisconsin. She 
received her B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Southern 
California, Los Angeles, in 1972. She is assistant manager for 
Deak & Co., foreign currency specialists in Los Angeles, Cali- 
fornia. 

Yvonne Esther Debban5 (Marlowe Debban, Esther, Albert, 
Gott) was born 21 September 1953, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On 
23 December 1972, in Gardena, California, she married Brian 
Bradford Fields, born 5 November 1950, in Inglewood, Cali- 
fornia, son of Cecil Deforest and Helen Kufta Fields. He is 
studying at the Otis Art Institute. Yvonne is a foreign currency 
broker, and in charge of personnel with Deak & Co., Los Angeles, 
California. 

Hazel Helen Hintz5 (Johan Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 20 August 1917 at Poplar, Wisconsin. On 2 March 
1940, at West De Pere, Wisconsin, she married Lawrence Herman 
Rallies, born 1 June 1918, in Presque Isle, Wisconsin. [Kallies 
family members may be interested to know that there was a 
beautiful village named Kallies in Pommern in the nineteenth 
century. It is now named Kalisz, now in western Poland, about 
eighty-five kilometers east of Stettin.] Lawrence and Hazel had 
five children, at least three born in Wisconsin. 

Leonard Herbert Kallies, born 8 August 1940 
Johnie Fred Kallies, born 26 February 1944, Oconto Falls 
Karen Jean Kallies, born 5 October 1945, Oconto Falls 
Mariette Sandra Kallies, born 8 October 1947. Oconto Falls 
Douglas Kallies, born 22 January 1951 



140 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Hazel died 4 March 1971, and is buried in the Underhill cemetery. 
Lawrence is remarried, to Evelyn Neitzel. 

Evelyn Bertha Amelia Hintz5 (Johan Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) was born 7 March 1921, in Ingram, Wisconsin. 
On 25 May 1941, in Green Bay, she married Thomas Everett 
Braatz, Sr., born 26 February 1921, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 
the son of Albert and Lydia Snyder Braatz. They have five chil- 
dren, all born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Thomas John Braatz, Jr., born 10 August 1941 
Roseanna Joy Braatz, born 2 October 1946 
Terrance Lee Braatz, born 22 November 1947 
Wendy Kay Braatz, born 31 October 1949 
Wayne Eugene Braatz, born 5 June 1952 

Evelyn is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, with a B.A. 
in Related Arts, received in 1969, and has earned her pilot's 
license. S. Sgt. Thomas Braatz served in World War II in the Fifth 
Air Force, engaging in the campaigns of New Guinea, Papua, 
the Philippines, and Luzon, and wears four battle stars and five 
overseas bars. He is a foreman at Hurlbut's, in Green Bay, 
Wisconsin. 

Everett John Hintz5 (Johan Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 25 January 1925. On 31 December 1949, in Appleton, 
Wisconsin, he married Nancy Seely. They have three children, 
all born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Michal John Hintz, born 21 July 1950 
Debra Kay Hintz, born 22 June 1957 
Susan Hintz, born 25 March 1964 

Everett is with the Better Brite Plating company in De Pere, 
Wisconsin. 

Mavis Alma Hintz5 (Johan Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 14 September 1929, in Hintz, Wisconsin. She married, 



The Fifth Generation 1 4 1 

at Dubuque, Iowa, James Lloyd Patterson, born 3 February 
1930, in De Pere, Wisconsin, the son of Louis B. and Josephine 
Albers Patterson. They have two children. 

David Lee Patterson, born 1 June 1949 
Beverly Jean Patterson, born 18 March 1952 

James spent a three-year enlistment in the Regular Army, from 
1948 to 1951, serving eleven months in Korea with the 13th 
Combat Engineers, and earning four battle stars. 

Abigail Ruth Hintz5 (Johan Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 4 February 1936, in W. De Pere, Wisconsin. On 2 July 
1954, at Dubuque, Iowa she married Robert Thomas Michaels, 
born 24 February 1926, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, the son of 
Henry and Hanna Magle Michaels. [Henry was the son of Frank 
Michaels, born in Germany 2 September 1858, and emigrated to 
Sturgeon Bay.] Robert and Abigail have two children, both born in 
Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Brenda Lynn Michaels, born 10 March 1958 
Robert Thomas Michaels, Jr., born 9 April 1963 

Robert served in the First Marine Division from May 1944 to 
1946 and was awarded the Purple Heart on Okinawa. He is a 
trucker for Swift & Co., and Abigail works for the Board of 
Education in Green Bay. 

Esther Jean Hintz5 (Johan Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 16 April 1940, in Oneida, Wisconsin. She married 
Walter Martin Secor, born 29 November 1934, in De Pere, 
Wisconsin, the son of Henry and Winifred Calloway Secor. They 
have three children, all born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Donald Walter Secor, born 7 October 1960 
Lorrie Ann Secor, born 17 January 1963 
Daniel John Secor, born 11 November 1966 



142 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Elaine Darms5 (Helen Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) was 
born ca. 1912, in Regina, Wisconsin. She married Robert Shaugh- 
nessy, and they had one son. 

Robert Shaughnessy, Jr., born ca. 1934 

Robert died in World War II. 

Floyd Robert Sloat5 (Hedwig Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 3 April 1915, in Antigo, Wisconsin. On 5 October 
1940, he married Nell Bassuk, born 22 February 1915. They 
have three sons, all born in Chicago, Illinois. 

Robert Earl Sloat, born 19 January 1943 
Donald Walter Sloat, born 7 December 1944 
David Earl George Sloat, born 26 September 1951 

Floyd retired in 1977 after forty years service with the Burlington- 
Northern Railroad. Nell died 26 November 1968. On 19 October 
1974, Floyd married Arline R. Hoyt, born 11 April 1920. 

Lorraine Frances SloatS (Hedwig Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 6 February 1917, in Antigo, Wisconsin. She 
earned a B.A. in Education at Roosevelt University. She has 
served on the board of directors of the YWCA, the League of 
Women Voters, and the Museum of Man, and she is active in 
community affairs in San Diego, California. She married William 
Harry Gerhardt, born 1 December 1911. They have five children. 

Emery William Gerhardt, born 3 August 1940, Chicago 
Adrienne Harrietta Gerhardt, born 15 November 1942, 

Chicago 
Eric Frank Gerhardt, born 3 June 1946, Ypsilanti 
Andrea Louise Gerhardt, born 21 December 1949, Chicago 
Antoinette Lorraine Gerhardt, born 8 June 1956 

Alsace Harriet (Peggy) Sloat5 (Hedwig Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) was born 2 September 1918, in Antigo, Wisconsin. 



The Fifth Generation 143 

On 14 June 1941, in Chicago, she married Victor Martin 
Stegenga, born 15 November 1918, in Chicago, the son of Martin 
and Zora Patchin Stegenga. They have two children. 

Deborah Susan Stegenga, born 8 November 1948 
Timothy Victor Stegenga, born 27 September 1952, Chicago 

Alsace worked as a nurse for 14 years. Technical Sergeant Victor 
served in the Army of Occupation, Korea, from 13 September 
1945, to June 1946. 

Earl Norman Sloat5 (Hedwig Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 30 May 1924, in Antigo, Wisconsin. His wife's name 
is Carmen; they have four children. 

Hatty Sloat 
George Sloat 
Floyd Sloat 
Alsace Lorraine Sloat 

The family make their home in El Paso, Texas. 

Ora Hintz (Honey) McDonald5 (Margret Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) was born 6 October 1921, in Green Bay, Wis- 
consin. She earned an A. A. at the State Normal School, Mani- 
towoc, Wisconsin, and taught school for two years. On 27 July 
1942, she married Earl Adam Bleser, born 25 September 1912, 
in Manitowoc, the son of Albert and Elizabeth Baranowski 
Bleser. [Albert's grandparents were emigrating from Germany 
with their children when they died and were buried at sea. We 
found this to be not an uncommon tragedy when we were 
checking the ship passenger lists to find Wilhelmine Griepp.] 
Earl and Ora have three children, all born in Manitowoc. 

Judith Elizabeth Bleser, born 16 June 1946 
Albert Earl Bleser, born 10 July 1948 
Earl David Bleser, born 3 May 1953 



144 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Earl operated a mink ranch near Manitowoc for several years. 
He and Ora are in the lumber business in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Shirley Joy McDonald5 (Margret Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 27 April 1924, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She 
worked for some time in the federal Office of Civilian Personnel. 
On 27 May 1951, in Arkansas, she married William Merle 
Howerton, born 12 April 1924, in Tecumseh, Missouri, the son 
of Daniel Glen and Eva King Howerton. They have two sons, 
both born in Ardmore, Oklahoma. 

William McDonald Howerton, born 7 April 1955 
Daniel Stephen Howerton, born 29 April 1956 

Sgt./Maj. William Howerton retired from twenty-one years in 
the U.S. Air Force, and is now a used-car sales manager. Shirley, 
her sister Ora, and brother Chester own the McDonald Lumber 
Co. 

Ronald Chester (Red) McDonald5 (Margret Hi, Robt 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 22 June 1926, in Green Bay, Wis- 
consin. He served in World War II in Italy, with the 255th 
Combat Engineers. He earned his B.S. in Engineering in 1950 
from Marquette University. On 15 February 1958, in Green 
Bay, he married Sharon Rose McHugh, born 22 December 1937, 
in Green Bay, the daughter of Edward and Cecilia Dugan 
McHugh. They have three children, all born in Green Bay. 

Ronald Chester McDonald, born 8 July 1960 
Lisa Marie McDonald, born 8 February 1965 
Terrynce Edward McDonald, born 15 August 1969 

Chester Ronald McDonald5 (Margret Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) was born 11 August 1928, in Green Bay, Wis- 
consin. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Marquette 
University in 1951. On 31 January 1951, in Aurora, Wisconsin, 
he married Sally Ann DeGroat, born 5 April 1930, in Green Bay, 



The Fifth Generation 145 

the daughter of Aloysius and Mae Phillips DeGroat. They have 
four children, all born in Green Bay. 

Denise Marie McDonald, born 10 September 1951 
Darcel Ann McDonald, born 11 August 1952 
Chester Aloysius McDonald, born 27 September 1953 
Michael Anthony McDonald, born 3 June 1957 

James Lee McDonald5 (Margret Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 12 October 1931, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On 
18 January 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, he married Ardyth Marie 
Benson, born 18 August 1930, in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, the 
daughter of Hilding and Ella Anderson Benson. They have five 
children, all born in Green Bay. 

James John McDonald, born 18 December 1951 
Sharon Marie McDonald, born 18 September 1953 
Jon Lee McDonald, born 18 June 1955 
Steven Ronald McDonald, born 19 January 1957 
Tammy Lynn McDonald, born 2 December 1958 

Robert Hintz McDonald5 (Margret Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 17 August 1936, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On 
21 January 1956 he married Joan Marie Jacobs, born 2 August 
1938, in Chicago, the daughter of Theodore and Myrtle Scham- 
peau Jacobs. They have eight children. 

Robert Lee McDonald, born 14 August 1956 
Martin Theodore McDonald, born 7 October 1957 
Rebecca Anne McDonald, born 15 July 1959 
Margret Sue McDonald, born 13 July 1961 
Thomas Scott McDonald, born 8 July 1962 
Donald Joseph McDonald, born 1 May 1970 
Mark David McDonald, born 22 April 1974 
Joseph Scott McDonald, born 27 October 1976 

Robert owns and operates the Paradise Night Club in Green 
Bay. 



146 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Gordon Howard Hintz5 (Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 16 September 1916, in Regina, Wisconsin. He 
married Lorraine Zahn, born 17 July 1922, on 30 May 1942. 1 
They have two children, both born in Green Bay. 

Kay Lorraine Hintz, born 19 April 1947 
Wayne Gordon Hintz, born 5 June 1951 

Gordon Hintz died 9 February 1975. 

Lorraine Orpha Hintz5 (Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 30 April 1918. On 24 December 1937, in 
Oconto County, she married Joseph Phillipi, Jr., born in 1919, 
the son of Joseph and Barbara Weber Phillippi.- They have three 
children. 

Bonnie Jo Phillipi, born in 1940 
Deborah Phillipi 
Boyd Phillipi 

Phyllis Geneva Hintz5 (Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 13 November 1919, in Hintz, Wisconsin, in the 
building also used as the postofhce. On 19 January 1941, in 
Oconto County, she married Lyle Eugene Lambert, born 29 July 
1915, in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, the son of John and Mary 
Lambert. The officiating clergyman was F. J. Melchior. 3 They 
have three children, all born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Richard Lyle Lambert, born 16 January 1942 
Charles David Lambert, born 22 August 1944 
Sandra Ann Lambert, born 23 January 1950 

Howard Gordon Hintz5 (Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 8 July 1924, in Regina, Wisconsin. On 27 March 

'Vital Records, Oconto County. 

-Ibid. 

Hbid. 



The Fifth Generation 1 47 

1948, in Oconto County, he married Helen Krueger, the daughter 
of Milton and Clara Norton Krueger, the marriage also performed 
by F. J. Melchior. 4 They have 4 children, all born in Shawano, 
Wisconsin. 

Darwin Dale Hintz, born 22 February 1949 
Wanda Mae Hintz, born 30 January 1951 
Douglas Howard Hintz, born 11 November 1952 
Pamela Kay Hintz, born 19 September 1958 

Cpl. Howard Hintz was in the U.S. Army in World War II. 

Betty Agnes Hintz5 (Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 17 April 1929, in Underhill, Wisconsin. She is employed 
in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Robert Lee Hintz5 (Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 10 October 1931, in Underhill, Wisconsin. On 23 
December 1961, he married Jean Laura Franz, born 22 March 
1929, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Lester and Edith 
Franz. They have no children. Robert spent two years in the 
U.S. Army, 1956-58. They operate Bob and Jean's Bar, in 
Cecil, Wisconsin. 

Jacqueline (Jackie) Joyce Hintz5 (Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) was born 15 October 1935, in Underhill, Wisconsin. 
She married Ward Joseph Axelson, born 9 June 1931, in Crystal 
Falls, Wisconsin, the son of Earl Leonard and Mary J. Kon- 
winski Axelson. They have three children, all born in Green Bay, 
Wisconsin. 

Becky Lyn Axelson, born 15 September 1958 
James Joseph Axelson, born 1 September 1960 
Laurie Ann Axelson, born 26 April 1965 

4 Ibid. 



148 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Gregor Ronald McDonald5 (Ruth Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 29 December 1926, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 
He earned his B.S. in Anesthesiology at the University of Min- 
nesota in 1962, and his M.A. in Nursing Administration in 1963. 
He was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps in 1964, 
and promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1975. He has served as an 
instructor at Shepard Air Force Base at Wichita Falls, Texas, 
and was transferred to Hawaii in 1978. He is a member of 
Aerospace Medical Association, American Nurses' Association, 
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. 

Dawn Ruth McDonald5 (Ruth Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 2 March 1929, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On 14 Sep- 
tember 1944, in Green Bay, she married Gesbert Veldhuizen, 
born 19 April 1922, in Green Bay. They have four sons, all born 
in Green Bay. 

Gesbert James Veldhuizen, born 25 March 1945 
Randolph Lee Veldhuizen, born 31 January 1947 
Kevin Craig Veldhuizen, born 29 August 1954 
Kirk Shawn Veldhuizen, born 25 July 1959 

Gloria Willa Lawrence5 (Ora Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 14 April 1927, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On 1 October 
1947, in Glendale, California, she married Bill Douglas Lyons, 
born 21 February 1926, in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Douglas 
A. and Mabel Stoughton Lyons. They have one daughter, born 
in Glendale, California. 

Karen Lynn Lyons, born 2 September 1948 
Bill is a mortgage warehouser, and a manager in data processing. 

Gerald Leland Hintz5 (Henry Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 14 June 1928, in Algoma, Wisconsin. On 5 November 
1952, he married Rosemary Nielson, born 11 July 1930. They 
have four children. 



The Fifth Generation 149 

Christine Hintz, born 19 February 1953 
Gerald Lee Hintz, Jr., born 18 September 1956 
Melinda Jane Hintz, born 28 April 1966 
Thomas Henry Hintz, born 28 April 1969 



George Marvel Hintz5 (Henry Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 4 September 1929, Algoma, Wisconsin. George served 
two years in the U.S. Army, 1950-52. He operates a barber 
shop in Shawano, Wisconsin, and is also engaged in real estate. 

June Yvonne Hintz5 (Henry Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 23 October 1934, in Algoma, Wisconsin. She married 
Clifford Harmann, and they have two children. 

Heidi Harmann, born 11 January 1957 
Pamela Harmann, born 3 May 1959 

Cliff and June operate a photography business in Algoma. 

Walter Floyd HintzS (Walter Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 4 January 1930, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. By his count 
he was in the U.S. Army for two years, nine months, and eleven 
days. He married Ethel Claire Bardouche, born 3 October 1939, 
in Green Bay, the daughter of Joseph and Dorthea E. Saunders 
Bardouche. They have five children. 

Lisa Ann Hintz, born 27 December 1959 
Steven Alan Hintz, born 22 December 1960 
Robert Lee Hintz, born 18 February 1962 
Mari Beth Hintz, born 22 January 1964 
Rebecca Lynn Hintz, born 16 July 1967 

Walter, Jr., is a locomotive engineer in Green Bay. 

Donald Keith Hintz5 (Walter Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 31 October 1932, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He married 
Linda Livingston, and has two daughters. 



150 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Dana Kathryn Hintz, born 15 January 1961 
Laurie Hintz, born 28 May 1962 

They live in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Lynn Marie Hintz5 (Walter Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 3 July 1935, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On 1 August 
1959, in Green Bay, she married Derald Chartier, born 25 March 
1937, the son of Clarence and B. Erickson Chartier. They have 
three children, all born in California. 

Diane Lynne Chartier, born 24 October 1960 
Douglas John Chartier, born 11 March 1962 
Bruce James Chartier, born 15 April 1963 

Derald is a warehouse worker; Lynn is an office worker. 

Lo Ann Marie Erickson5 (Berneda Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 25 October 1944, in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin; 
she makes her home there. 



Susan Janet Erickson5 (Berneda Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 2 September 1948, in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin. 
In May 1967 she married Brian Nienstedt. They have one 
daughter. 

Nedra Ann Nienstedt, born 25 October 1967 

Susan was divorced in 1969 and married Dennis Frea of Sturgeon 
Bay on 17 February 1977. 

Keith Kendall Krueger5 (Paul Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 4 December 1912, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. In 
1937, in Milwaukee, he married Mary Catherine Christie, born 
10 July 1914, in Ontario, Canada, daughter of David Christie. 
They have three children, all born in Milwaukee. 









The Fifth Generation 151 

Nancy Louise Krueger, born 1 May 1937 
Peter Alden Krueger, born 14 October 1938 
Elizabeth Ruth Krueger, born 12 February 1940 

Keith studied three years at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 
He worked most of his life as a technical representative for Allis 
Chalmers Tractor Co. — two years each in Africa and South 
America and three years in Europe, otherwise in Milwaukee. But 
he also sandwiched in eight months on the ALCAN Highway, 
and six years on President Truman's Point Four program in 
India. Keith died 19 May 1977, in Milwaukee. 



Alden (Mike) Glenroy Krueger5 (Paul Kr, Augusta Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) was born 14 January 1920, in Marshfield, Wiscon- 
sin. He spent four years during World War II in the Army Air 
Corps, part of the time stationed in England, and participating 
in flights over Germany. On 8 October 1944, at El Paso, Texas, 
he married Elizabeth Mary Roberts, born 8 December 1926, in 
Jefferson, Iowa, the daughter of George V. and Hazel Herrick 
Roberts. They have five sons. 

Alden Gerald Krueger, born 18 March 1947, Munising. 

Michigan 
William Ellsworth Krueger, born 17 May 1949, Munising 
Michael Thomas Krueger, born 15 January 1954 
Richard Allen Krueger, born 18 May 1955 
Paul Gerard Krueger, born 3 June 1961 

Elizabeth is a medical technician, and Alden is an electrician in 
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. 

Shirley Marie Krueger5 (Elmer Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 8 September 1920, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. She 
married Kenneth J. Schonefeldt, son of Julius and Gertrud Disher 
Schonefeldt. They have one daughter, born in Wausau, Wisconsin. 

Lynn Ann Schonefeldt, born 13 July 1943 



152 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Kenneth spent twenty-four years in the U.S. Army. 

Robert Elmer Krueger5 (Elmer Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 19 March 1922, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. He 
served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and was discharged 
as a lieutenant. He married Shirley G. Johnson, daughter of 
Julius and Loretta Kiekhoefer Johnson. They have four children. 

Kathy Krueger, born 17 July 1950, Rockford, Illinois 
Robert Krueger, Jr. 
Mary Krueger 
Nancy Krueger 

Robert has been engaged in demolition work in California. 

Lee Ross Krueger5 (Elmer Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 21 November 1924, in Athens, Wisconsin. He served 
three years in the Army Air Corps in World War II. He received 
his B.S. and LL.B. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 
1955, and his J.D. also at the University of Wisconsin. He was 
admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1955, and is a member of the 
American Bar Association. On 11 June 1955, at Brokaw, Wis- 
consin, he married Ilene Edith Taylor, born 3 March 1928, in 
Wausau, Wisconsin, the daughter of Robert R. and Opal Stoker 
Taylor. They have three children, the first one adopted and the 
other two born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. 

Steven James Krueger, born 27 June 1951 
Karen Lee Krueger, born 14 February 1957 
Paula Jean Krueger, born 22 June 1962 

Ilene earned her B.A. in Social Work at Carroll College, Wau- 
kesha, Wisconsin, in 1949. Lee is a senior partner in the law 
firm of Krueger & Krueger, in Rhinelander. 

James Elwood Krueger5 (Jesse Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 2 April 1926, in Marinette, Wisconsin. He 
served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during 1946-47, in Japan. 
He earned his B.S. at the University of Wisconsin in 1949, and a 



The Fifth Generation 153 

Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
in 1953. On 20 June 1953, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, he 
married Claire Miriam Pickener, born 6 January 1933, in 
Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Walter H. and Gladys 
Booker Pickener. They have three sons. 

David James Krueger, born 12 April 1958, Midland, Michi- 
gan 

Jonathan Paul Krueger, born 30 September 1960, Midland, 
Michigan 

Thomas Matthew Krueger, born 15 November 1963, Nyack, 
New York 

Claire received her B.S. at Boston University, in 1954, and was 
a physical therapist, working at Children's Medical Center, Boston. 
James has worked in a variety of areas from drugs to rocket fuels, 
at Harvard Medical School, Dow Chemical Co., and at American 
Cyanamid Co. He holds several patents, and has published some 
papers. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, 
AAAS, and Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Claire died in 
September 1966, in New City, New York, and is buried in the 
Summit Park Cemetery, in New City. 

John William Krueger5 (Jesse Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 7 February 1930, in Marinette, Wisconsin. At 
the University of Wisconsin he received his B.S. in 1952 and 
his J.D. in 1955, and was admitted to the Bar in 1955. On 31 
March 1957, at Marinette, Wisconsin, he married Phyllis May 
Evancheck, born 10 March 1933, in Marinette, the daughter of 
John and Ann Hamera Evancheck. They have three children, 
all born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. 

Jess William Krueger, born 6 May 1961 
Eric John Krueger, born 6 December 1962 
Susan Elizabeth Krueger, born 29 August 1970 

John was city attorney for Rhinelander from 1958 to 1968. His 
memberships include State Bar, Wisconsin, American Bar Asso- 
ciation, 7th Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Association of Trial 



154 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Lawyers, Insurance Trial Counsel of Wisconsin, Trinity Evan- 
gelical Lutheran Church, and Kiwanis. He has been active in the 
leadership of the county and state Republican party since 1963. 
He is a partner in the law firm of Krueger & Krueger, in Rhine- 
lander. 



Barbara Claire Krueger5 (Jesse Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 17 July 1934, in Marinette, Wisconsin. She 
received her B.S. at St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin. On 
3 March 1957, in Madison, Wisconsin, she married Robert 
Wallace Lindsay, born 10 February 1930, in Marinette, the son 
of Wallace and May Stodola Lindsay. They have three daughters. 

Lisa Claire Lindsay, born 1 October 1957, Menominee, 
Michigan 

Marcia Ann Lindsay, born 20 August 1959, Madison, Wis- 
consin 

Kathryn Lynn Lindsay, born 25 February 1962, Freeport, 
Illinois 

Robert died 13 June 1976, a victim of cancer, and is buried at 
Fort Snelling, Minnesota. 

Kobin Harold Krueger5 (Harold Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 11 December 1922, in Milwaukee. He enlisted 
in the U.S. Navy in 1940, and was discharged in 1946 as a Chief 
Petty Officer. On 17 April 1947, in Milwaukee, he married 
Barbara Johnson. They have five children. 

William O. Krueger, born 29 October 1948 

Jane Barbara Krueger, born 21 February 1950 

Douglas Kobin Krueger, born 23 September 1952, Green 

Bay 
Brita Ann Krueger, born 4 December 1954, Green Bay 
Kathryn Ruth Krueger, born 16 October 1956, Milwaukee 

Kobin is an insurance claims adjuster in Appleton, Wisconsin. 



The Fifth Generation 155 

Alice Patricia Krueger5 (Harold Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 11 September 1925, in Milwaukee. She married 
Richard K. Bentz; they have no children. 



Richard (Dick) J. Krueger5 (Harold Kr, Augusta Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) was born 10 February 1931, in Oconto, Wisconsin. 
He received his B.A. at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis- 
consin, and his J.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He 
was admitted to the Bar in 1956. On 30 January 1954, in 
Oconto, he married Marilyn Joy Matravers, born 14 May 1932, 
in Oconto, the daughter of Herbert and Edith Erickson Matravers. 
They have three children, all born in Oconto. 

Stephen Richard Krueger, born 4 April 1956 
Joan Elizabeth Krueger, born 5 April 1958 
Julie Louise Krueger, born 15 July 1965 

Richard has been city attorney of Oconto, and is the senior 
partner in the law firm of Krueger & Leege, Oconto. He is pre- 
pared for the energy shortage: his home, office, the golf course, 
and the County Courthouse are all within walking distance of 
each other. 



Joyce Vivian McIlraith5 (Ora Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 16 October 1920, in Marshfield, Wisconsin. 
While working as a secretary at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, on 2 
June 1945, she married a soldier home from the war, Henry 
Charles Backus. He was born 3 December 1914, in Bridgeman, 
Michigan, the son of Henry and Hannah Hammer Backus. Henry 
had served in World War II in the South Pacific Theater, with 
the 32nd Infantry Division. He and Joyce have three children, 
all born in Wausau, Wisconsin. 

Ronald Earl Backus, born 15 March 1946 
Vicki Jean Backus, born 9 March 1947 
Barry Bruce Backus, born 22 October 1948 



156 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Joyce is vice-president of Jupiter Inlet Corp. 

Henry died 17 December 1964, at Pompano Beach, Florida, where 

he is buried. 



Jack Earl McIlraith5 (Ora Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 2 December 1921. He served in the U.S. Army Air 
Corps in World War II, was shot down over Germany, and spent 
some time as a prisoner of war. He married Marcella Kinas, a 
Polish girl. They have three children. 

Michael Richard Mcllraith, born 27 May 1961 
Jay Thomas Mcllraith, born 25 April 1962 
Melissa Jean Mcllraith, born 15 February 1965 

The family lives in Hurst, Texas. 

Jean Orelle McIlraith5 (Ora Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 23 December 1922, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. 
She graduated from the Milwaukee School of Nursing, and is a 
registered nurse. On 27 March 1948, in Van Nuys, California, 
she married Thomas Jefferson Gambell, born 25 April 1924, 
in Pittsburgh, Texas, the son of John Rufus and Florence Scott 
Gambell. They have one son, born in San Fernando, California. 

Thomas J. Gambell II, born 23 September 1953 

Thomas was in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and was injured 
aboard an aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Salamaua in June 1945. 
Despite extensive Navy hospitalization he was left a paraplegic. 
Nevertheless he has had a career in computers in the aircraft 
industry, from which he recently retired. 

Joan Sallie Toepfer5 (Arthye Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 27 November 1927, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
She received her B.S. in Home Economics and Child Develop- 
ment at the University of Wisconsin in 1949. She is a member 
of Questers, American Association of University Women 



The Fifth Generation 157 

(AAUW), and the Christ Child Society. On 25 June 1949, in 
Milwaukee, she married John D. Linnan, born 4 November 1926, 
in Milwaukee, the son of Michael F. and Anna Kearns Linnan. 
They have 7 children, all born in Milwaukee. 

Carol Ann Linnan, born 26 June 1950 
Michael Raymond Linnan, born 7 September 1951 
Timothy John Linnan, born 15 March 1953 
John Patrick Linnan, born 12 December 1955 
Brian Thomas Linnan, born 24 March 1959 
Linda Marie Linnan, born 15 March 1962 
Kate Eileen Linnan, born 30 September 1969 

John Linnan is a highway and bridge contractor in Brookfield, 
Wisconsin. 

Phyllis Rae Toepfer5 (Arthye Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 27 May 1929, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the 
first of identical twins. She received her B.S. at the University of 
Wisconsin in 1951, and taught school for two years. On 23 June 
1951, in West Allis, Wisconsin, she married James William 
Brothwell, born 6 August 1927, in Milwaukee, the son of William 
J. and Susanne M. Kastner Brothwell. They have two sons, both 
born in Fort Myers, Florida. 

John James Brothwell, born 20 April 1955 
Charles Edward Brothwell, born 23 July 1959 

To improve the health of the younger son, who had developed 
asthma, the family moved to the desert and settled in Mesa, 
Arizona, where Charles has grown up and overcome the asthma. 
James is regional vice-president of the United Bank of Arizona. 

Lorraine Jule Toepfer5 (Arthye Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 27 May 1929, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She 
received her B.S. in Home Economics and Nursing at the Univer- 
sity of Wisconsin at Madison and is following a career in nursing. 
She married Robert Griswold Craig, born 29 August 1925, 



158 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

in Radisson, Wisconsin, the son of Robert W. and Florence 
Griswold Craig. [Robert W. Craig was a lieutenant in World 
War I and served in France, where he married an army nurse, 
Florence Griswold.] Robert G. Craig was a sergeant in the U.S. 
Army in World War II and served in Europe. He earned his B.S. 
in Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. He is a contractor, 
designer of homes and sewage treatment plants in Madison, 
Wisconsin. He and Lorraine had three children, the first one 
born in Milwaukee and the last two in Madison. 

Phyllis Susan Craig, born 9 March 1954 

Donald Robert Craig, born 20 May 1955; died 1 June 1955 

Kevin Richard Craig, born 12 September 1956 

Carol M. Johnson5 (Alice Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 4 September 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She 
earned a B.A. at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. 
On 29 January 1949, in Milwaukee, she married James F. Spren- 
ger, born 22 October 1926, the son of Edgar and Hattie Schneider 
Sprenger. They have three children, all born in Milwaukee. 

Mark Sprenger, born 23 February 1950 
Christine Sprenger, born 1 March 1951 
Jeffrey Sprenger, born 2 February 1955 

James earned his B.S. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

William Frederick Krueger III5 (Wm Kr Jr, Augusta Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) was born 29 June 193G, in Madison, Wisconsin. 
At the same hospital in Madison, a week earlier, a daughter was 
born to Milton S. and Adolyn Thompson Johnson, named 
Audrey Lou Johnson. Twenty-five years later, on 18 June 1955, 
William and Audrey married, also in Madison. They have two 
sons. 

William Fred Krueger IV, born 24 April 1960, Schenectady, 

New York 
Coel Douglas Krueger, born 6 August 1968, Fairview Park, 

Ohio 



The Fifth Generation 159 

William served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1953, and was 
discharged as a lieutenant. He received his B.A. at the University 
of Wisconsin. He is director of personnel at Abbot Laboratories, 
Abbot Park, Illinois. 

Marianne Krueger5 (Wm Kr Jr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 20 January 1943, in Wausau, Wisconsin. She received 
her B.A. at Lake Forest College, Illinois, in 1965. On 24 Feb- 
ruary 1968, at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, Post 
Chapel, she married Lt. Richard Allen Knudson, born 1 May 
1942, in Wausau, the son of John Edward and Pearl Lawrence 
Knudson. They have one son, born in Needham, Massachusetts. 

Richard Allen Knudson, Jr., born 17 July 1970 

Richard, Sr., graduated from the USMA, West Point, New York, 
in 1965, and earned his M.P.A. at Harvard Graduate School 
in 1972. He has been stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, at the 
USMA as instructor in Economics, at Fort Hood, Texas, and in 
Europe. Marianne is a member of AAUW and the Officers' 
Wives Clubs, and has served as art editor of the OWC magazine. 

Gerald W. Dietrich5 (Grace Hi, Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 20 December 1915, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. He spent 
over three years in the U.S. Army, during 1942-46. He earned 
his M.A. at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in 
1952. He teaches the physically handicapped, in Kenosha, Wis- 
consin. 

Zola Melvine Dietrich5 (Grace Hi, Frank Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 1 April 1921, in Ingram, Wisconsin. She married 
Raymond Zahn, born in 1923, in Footville, Wisconsin. They 
have one daughter, born in Janesville, Wisconsin. 

Cinda Grace Zahn, born 17 March 1947 
William Strahan5 (Esther Hi, Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) 



160 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

was born 20 July 1927, in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from 
the University of Detroit. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 
1946. On 6 June 1953, at Leamington, Ontario, Canada, he 
married Sybil E. Wallace, born 9 February 1933, in Leamington, 
the daughter of Cashen and Elizabeth Wilson Wallace. They have 
two daughters, both born in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Patricia A. Strahan, born 28 July 1954 
Kathleen E. Strahan, born 15 July 1956 

William is in sales, and is vice-president of Midas International 
Corporation in Chicago. 

Nancy Louise Johnson5 (Melvine Hi, Frank Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 22 July 1934, in West Bend, Wisconsin. On 10 
March 1956 she married Myron Keyes, an attorney. 
They have four daughters. 

Leslie Susan Keyes, born 10 January 1958 
Karen Grace Keyes, born 9 March 1959 
Jennifer Johnson Keyes, born 11 September 1962 
Polly Christine Keyes, born 24 May 1968 

The family resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 



Diane Kay Hintz5 (Junior Hi, Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 5 November 1945, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On 31 
October 1977, in Seattle, Washington, she married Daniel Schuyler 
Bonow, born 3 October 1948, in Seattle, the son of W. B. and 
Barbara Ann Bonow. He is a musician and writer. 

Julie Ann Hintz5 (Junior Hi, Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 19 January 1947, in Merrill, Wisconsin. On 24 October 
1970, in Seattle, Washington, she married George Elmer Galle, 
born 3 December 1947, in Seattle, the son of Ray and Lorraine 
Waters Galle. They have one son, born in Seattle. 



The Fifth Generation 161 

Jesse George Galle, born 17 March 1971 

Julie is attending Seattle Central Community College, studying 
justice. 

Jay William Hintz5 (Junior Hi, Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 16 September 1948, in Forks, Washington. He spent 
two years in the U.S. Army, one year in Vietnam as an infantry- 
man. He has studied art for several years, and has had two 
one-man shows. He is doing screen-printing and also operates 
the "Reject Gallery" in Seattle. 

Linda Sue Hintz5 (Junior Hi, Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 10 March 1951, in Port Angeles, Washington. She 
received her B.A. in Education at Western Washington State 
College, Bellingham. On 3 July 1969 she married Richard 
Hougardy, and they had one son, born in Seattle. 

Adrian Hougardy, born 19 January 1971 

On 23 September 1978 at Bellingham, Washington, she married 
William Joseph Burns, Jr., born 4 February 1949, in Baltimore, 
Maryland, the son of William J. and Gladys Higgins Burns. Linda 
is teaching; her interests include beekeeping, canoeing, photog- 
raphy, and camping. 

Marsha Lee Hintz5 (Gerald Hi, Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 8 September 1942, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On 11 
September 1965, in Milwaukee, she married Gary Anderson, 
born 23 May 1939, in Couderay, Wisconsin, the son of Edward 
and Elizabeth Goodsell Anderson. Marsha is a claims adjuster 
in Milwaukee. 

Barbara Ann Hintz5 (Gerald Hi, Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born in 1947. She is married to Nelson, and they have two 
daughters. 



162 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Ann Margaret Nelson, born 26 September 1969 
Laura Lyn Nelson, born 26 October 1970 

Louis Harvey ZahnS (Agnes Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 13 October 1931, in Gillett, Wisconsin. On 15 October 
1955, in Gillett, he married Ramona Nelson, the daughter of 
August and Hattie Koeppen Nelson. They have one son. 

Jay Louis Zahn, born 30 November 1956 

Louis died 25 May 1976. 

Nanette Karen Benter5 (Lousene Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 2 April 1938, in Bonduel, Wisconsin. She received 
her B.S. in Home Economics in 1960, and her M.S. in Home 
Economics in 1961, both at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 
On 29 August 1959, at Pulcifer, Wisconsin, she married Gerald 
David Hoppe, born 5 August 1936, in Kansas City, Missouri, the 
son of Erich and Adah Lohafer Hoppe. They have two adopted 
children. 

Erich Ernest Hoppe, born 31 May 1969, Sturgeon Bay, 

Wisconsin 
Lousene Mary Hoppe, born 12 November 1972, Fond du 

Lac, Wisconsin 

Gerald received his B.A. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 
in 1959, and is a salesman for New York Life Insurance Co. 
Nanette is a Home Economics Coordinator at North Eastern 
Wisconsin Technical Institute, Green Bay. She is a member of 
American Home Economics Association, American Vocational 
Association, Zonta International, and PEO Sisterhood. She is 
working on a doctorate in vocational, technical, and occupational 
education at Nova University, Miami, Florida. 

Joseph Robert Melchior5 (Arlene Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 30 June 1938, in Gillett, Wisconsin. He is a 



The Fifth Generation 1 63 

controller at Green Bay Plastics Co. On 7 March 1960, at St. 
Matthews Catholic church, in Allouez, Wisconsin, he married 
Mary Jean Evearts, born 4 October 1939, in Green Bay, the 
daughter of Alden and Joan Smiths Evearts. They have five 
children, the first two born in Hartford, Wisconsin, and the last 
three in Green Bay. 

Kim Marie Melchior, born 2 February 1961 
Robert Joseph Melchior, born 17 February 1962 
Michael Joseph Melchior, born 14 December 1963 
Jeffrey Joseph Melchior, born 17 January 1967 
Susan Marie Melchior, born 23 December 1969 



Mary Frances Melchior5 (Arlene Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 14 November 1941, in Gillett, Wisconsin. She 
is a graduate of Badger Business School, Green Bay. On 29 
September 1962, at St. John Catholic Church, Gillett, she married 
Marion Cole, born in Shannon, North Carolina. They have three 
children. 

John Ray Cole, born 31 July 1963, Mankato, Minnesota 
Kenneth Michael Cole, born 25 April 1965, Wausau, Wis- 
consin 
Christine Mary Cole, born 20 October 1966, Sycamor, Il- 
linois 

Mary is an executive assistant at Wausau Homes, Inc., in Wausau. 

William Gale Melchior5 (Arlene Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 23 November 1945, in Shawano, Wisconsin. He 
earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Marquette Uni- 
versity, Milwaukee, in 1969. Then he entered active duty as an 
army lieutenant for four years, a large part of it assigned to the 
547th Engineer Battalion, Darmstadt, Germany. On 2 May 1970, 
in Chicago, he married Anna Karkowski, born 7 July 1949, the 
daughter of Bernard and Florence Karkowski. They have two 
children. 



164 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Sandra Elizabeth Mclchior, born 18 May 1974, Midland, 

Michigan 
Gregory William Melchior, born 2 August 1977, Waukesha, 

Wisconsin 



William is project engineer for Krause Milling Co. in Milwaukee. 

Patricia Ann Melchior5 (Arlene Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 30 April 1955, in Shawano, Wisconsin. She is a 
graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Menomonie, and is 
pursuing a career in fashion merchandising as an assistant buyer 
at Gimbels, Milwaukee. 

Daniel Emmett Hintz5 (Emmett Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 21 July 1951, in Gillett, Wisconsin. He studied 
business administration for three years at the University of 
Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and is in the contracting business with 
his father. On 30 December 1972, at Downers Grove, Illinois, 
he married Leslie Jean Hunter. She has her B.A. in Elementary 
Education from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and 
is teaching school. 

Jeffrey Bruce Hintz5 (Emmett Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia, Gott) 
was born 12 August 1957, in Hartford, Wisconsin. On 26 
October 1975, in Shawano, Wisconsin, he married Rochelle Buss, 
the daughter of W. P. and Dell W. Brightsman Buss. Jeffrey is 
also in the contracting business with his father. 

Lorraine Lenora Bliese5 (Karl Bl, Emilie Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 6 July 1924, in Rockford, Illinois. She earned 
her B.A. at Iowa State University, Ames. On 28 June 1947, in 
Rockford, she married Richard E. Grosse, born 26 May 1924, 
St. Louis, Missouri. They have one daughter, born in Milwaukee. 

Gretchen Sue Grosse, born 9 August 1953 

Richard died 11 February 1966 of a brain tumor. On 1 April 
1972, Lorraine married Ferdinand Bruns of Rockford. 



The Fifth Generation 165 

William Melvin BlieseS (Karl Bl, Emilie Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 28 January 1929, in Rockford, Illinois. He 
received his B.A. and M.A. at St. Louis Theological Seminary, 
Missouri, and was ordained in the Lutheran church in 1955. On 
13 July 1952, in Rockford, he married Shirley May Oberg, born 
10 May 1930, in Rockford, the daughter of Bert and Elizabeth 
Svenson Oberg. They have four sons, the first one born on 
Niagara Falls Peace Bridge, New York, and the other three in 
Baltimore, Maryland. 

Karl Herbert Bliese, born 26 December 1953 
Richard Howard Bliese, born 24 April 1956 
John William Bliese, born 17 May 1959 
James Matthew Bliese, born 16 June 1961 

WiUiam pastored at Blenheim, Maryland, for eleven years, and 
is now the pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Kettering, 
Ohio. 

Shirley Mae Hagberg5 (Lenora Bl, Emilie Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 27 February 1929, in Rockford, Illinois. She earned 
a B.A. at Rockford College, Illinois, and has been a legal 
secretary. On 25 May 1957, in Rockford, she married Raymond 
Walter Edwards, born 16 September 1926, in Oak Park, Illinois, 
the son of Walter A. and Grace P. Anderson Edwards. They have 
one daughter, born in Rockford. 

Elizabeth Anne Edwards, born 13 March 1962 

Raymond served in the Philippines in World War II, and in the 
Korean War as a lieutenant was a supply point commander and 
platoon leader, from 1951 to 1953. He received his B.S. at the 
University of Michigan, and his J.D. at Northwestern University. 
He is a member of the American, Illinois State, and three area 
Bar associations, and is a trust officer. The family are members 
of the Ridgefield Presbyterian Church, where Shirley is in charge 
of the "Meals on Wheels." 



166 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

John Allen Hagberg5 (Lenora Bl, Emilie Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 21 January 1935, in Rockford, Illinois. He 
earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Valparaiso Uni- 
versity, Indiana, and then served three months in the U.S. Navy. 
On 4 November 1961, at Rockford, he married Karin Sylvia 
Anderson, born 19 October 1938, in Rockford, the daughter of 
Einar and Gladys Thompson Anderson. They have three sons, 
all born in Rockford. 



Paul Allen Hagberg, born 22 August 1962 
Daniel Scott Hagberg, born 14 July 1965 
Steven John Hagberg, born 8 June 1971 



Ronald George Bliese5 (George Bl, Emilie Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 3 November 1939, in West New York, New 
Jersey. On 24 December 1960, in St. Mark's Lutheran Church at 
Elizabeth, New Jersey, he married Karen Kay Hazelton, born 18 
July 1941, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the daughter of Roger S. 
and Ruth Knehr Hazelton. They have three children, all born 
in Elizabeth. 

Dwayne David Bliese, born 22 September 1961 
Pamella Lynn Bliese, born 14 November 1964 
Steven Michael Bliese, born 8 March 1966 

Ronald is branch manager for Hobart Scales in Long Island City, 
and is also chief of the Volunteer Tri-Co Fire Co. of Stevensburg, 
New Jersey. 

Marilyn Carol Bliese5 (George Bl, Emilie Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 29 May 1945, in Elmhurst, New York. She 
married Frank Shary, and had two children. She divorced, and 
on 30 October 1971, at Linden, New Jersey, married Joseph 
Evan, born 15 September 1934, in Linden, the son of John and 
Anna Balicky Evan, who then adopted the children, both born 
in Elizabeth. 



The Fifth Generation 1 67 

Lynn Marie Evan, born 8 January 1965 
Joseph Frank Evan, born 8 August 1967 

Joseph Evan received his B.S. in Business at the University of 
Delaware, Newark, and his M.Ed, at Kean College of New Jersey, 
Union. He teaches at Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Marilyn is a 
part-time secretary with Exxon Research Co. 



Merle Marvin PoweleitS (Linda Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 30 April 1929, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is 
a painter. On 13 September 1948, in Milwaukee, he married 
Angeline Josephine Sciano, born in Milwaukee, the daughter of 
Vincent and Patricia Sciano. They have three childern, all born 
in Milwaukee. 

Linda Poweleit, born 8 February 1949 

Diana Antoinette Poweleit, born 2 February 1954 

Merle Patricia Poweleit, born 20 January 1963 

Wayne Albert Poweleit5 (Linda Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 10 November 1939, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
He served four years in the U.S. Navy. In May 1962 he married 
Barbara Caroline Sattler, born 12 December 1942, in Milwaukee. 
They have two daughters, both born in Milwaukee. 

Gina Marie Poweleit, born 23 June 1963 
Georgette Karen Poweleit, born 14 November 1968 

Joan Esther Stanleys (Eleanor Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 15 February 1932, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
She was married to Adolph H. Widowit of Milwaukee, who died 
in an auto accident 3 October 1969. There were no children. 



Georgie Ann Stanleys (Eleanor Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 18 July 1933, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On 30 
May 1953, in Milwaukee, she married Loren Arthur Matasek, 



168 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

born 7 February 1932, in Milwaukee, the son of Harold and 
Eleanor Schaefer Matasek. They have four children, all born in 
Milwaukee. 

James Arthur Matasek, born 17 November 1955; died 8 

March 1976 
Jo Ann Matasek, born 3 December 1957 
Thomas Alan Matasek, born 14 August 1960 
Todd Stanley Matasek, born 2 September 1965 

Marvin Samuel Stanley, Jr. 5 (Eleanor Ra, Albert Ra, 
Augusta, Gott) was born 25 July 1949, in Milwaukee. He at- 
tended the University of Wisconsin for three years. On 25 March 
1972, in Milwaukee, he married Patricia Sikorski, born 25 March 
1949, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Robert S. and Dorothy 
Hoyt Sikorski. Patricia received her B.A. in Psychology at the 
University of Wisconsin. 

Derold Albert RathkeS (Geo Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 2 May 1936, in Trenton, Wisconsin. Derold was 
drafted into the U.S. Army for two years. He is in the tool and 
die trade. On 26 March I960 5 , in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, he 
married Barbara Ruth Moerschel, born 11 October 1939, in 
Ozaukee County, the daughter of William M. and Palma Kiek- 
haefer Moerschel. They have four daughters, all born in Ozaukee 
County. 6 

Robin Lea Rathke, born 2 October 1960 
Gay Diane Rathke, born 14 May 1962 
Kristin Kay Rathke, born 8 February 1970 
Heidi Katherine Rathke, born 7 June 1972 

George Marcus Rathke, Jr. 5 (Geo Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 23 February 1940, in Jackson, Wisconsin. 7 On 6 
March 1971 he married Margret Reiter, daughter of Jim Reiter. 
They have one son, born in Jackson. 

5 Vital Records, Ozaukee County. 

Hbid. 

7 Vital Records, Washington County. 



The Fifth Generation 1 69 

Eric George Rathke, born 8 August 1974 

George enlisted in the U.S. Army for four years, and was for- 
tunate enough to play baseball for the Army in Europe. He is 
now a production clerk for A. O. Smith Mfg. Co. 

Sandra Jean Rathke5 (Geo Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
was born 5 August 1944, in Washington County, Wisconsin. On 17 
March 1962, at Cedarburg, Wisconsin, she married David Lee 
Hoffmann, born 24 April 1943, in Washington County, the son of 
Roman W. and Anita Hilty Hoffmann. They have three children, 
all born in Ozaukee County. 8 

David Lee Hoffmann, Jr., born 7 October 1962 
Daniel William Hoffmann, born 26 February 1965 
Denise Joy Hoffmann, born 29 July 1970 

David is part of the Roman Hoffmann & Sons Excavating and 
Blacktopping business in Cedarburg. 

Susan Kay Rathke5 (Geo Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
was born 3 March 1950, in Washington County, Wisconsin. She 
received her B.A. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, 
Madison, and is a registered nurse. On 7 July 1973, at Cedarburg, 
Wisconsin, she married John Frederick Wittenberg IV, born 8 
November 1949, in Ozaukee County, the son of John F. and 
Evelyn Sigler Wittenberg. He studied at the University of Wis- 
consin, Madison, receiving his B.A. in 1971, and his M.D. in 
1975. He is an internist, in residence in Galveston, Texas. John 
and Susan have one son. 

John Michael Wittenberg, Jr., born 26 May 1977 

Mark Louis Liesener5 (Gerda Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 24 April 1938, in Brillion, Wisconsin. He received 
his B.A. at Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin, in 1960, 

*lbid. 



170 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

and his B.D. at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis- 
consin, in 1963, and was ordained in the Lutheran church that 
same year. On 24 August 1962, at Brillion, he married Lois 
Lucille Stuebs, born 15 May 1942, in Denmark, Wisconsin, the 
daughter of Arden and Ora Wollenberg Stuebs. They have four 
children. 

Mark Louis Liesener, Jr., born 21 July 1963, North Platte, 

Nebraska 
Greg Mark Liesener, born 2 August 1965, North Platte 
Joel Mark Liesener, born 4 September 1969, Brookfield, 

Wisconsin 
Katy Lois Liesener, born 9 August 1972, Brookfield 

Mark pastored at North Platte, Nebraska, then at Brookfield, 
Wisconsin, and is now pastoring the Lutheran church in Bloom- 
ington, Minnesota. 

Jane Elsie Liesener5 (Gerda Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 24 August 1940, in Wausau, Wisconsin. She 
received her B.A. in Education at Dr. Martin Luther College, 
New Ulm, Minnesota, and is teaching in a Christian day school. 
On 16 June 1963, in Milwaukee, she married Thomas Bruce 
Frantzmann, born 23 April 1940, in Coloma, Michigan, the son 
of Werner and Naomi Maier Franzmann. They have two children, 
both born in Sacramento, California. 

Thomas Frantzmann, born 13 July 1966, adopted 
Elizabeth Frantzmann, born 13 March 1968 

Thomas received his B.A. at Northwestern College and his B.D. 
at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary; he was ordained in the 
Wisconsin Synod of the Lutheran Church in 1965. He is now 
pastoring St. Mark's Lutheran Church at Citrus Heights, a suburb 
of Sacramento, California. 

Thomas Albert Liesener5 (Gerda Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 13 July 1945, in Wausau, Wisconsin. He received 



The Fifth Generation 1 7 1 

his B.A. at Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin, and 
his B.D. at the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, in 
1972, and was ordained that same year. On 11 December 1976, 
in Prescott, Wisconsin, he married Wendy Grace Nork, born 
10 December 1952, in Berlin, Wisconsin, the daughter of William 
and Charlotte Hermann Nork. They have one son, born in Green 
Bay, Wisconsin. 

Thomas William Liesener, born 25 October 1977 

Wendy received her B.A. in Elementary Education at Dr. Martin 
Luther College in 1976, and is teaching. Thomas pastors the 
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Green Bay. 

Daniel Walter Liesener5 (Gerda Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 4 January 1949, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. He 
earned his B.A. in business administration at the University of 
Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in 1972. He is a member of NAPA, and 
is employed as a sales representative by Walker Mfg., Racine, 
Wisconsin. 

Lauralyn Joan RathkeS (Walter Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 3 March 1952, in West Bend, Wisconsin. On 12 
June 1971, at Yankton, South Dakota, she married Robert Dean 
Brunz, born 13 March 1953, Burke, South Dakota, the son of 
Emil and Emma Neuharht Brunz. They have six children, all 
born in Minnesota. 

Shanna Emy Brunz, born 29 November 1971, New Ulm 
Jared Benjamin Brunz, born 31 August 1973; died 31 

August 1973 
Jessica Laura Brunz, born 8 September 1974, Lewisville 
Caleb John Brunz, born 24 August 1975, Mankato 
Zadok John Brunz, born 6 January 1977, Winona 
Jonas Brunz, born 30 April 1978, Utica 

Robert is employed making furniture. 



172 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Bryan Walter Rathke5 (Walter Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 5 April 1953, in West Bend, Wisconsin. On 25 
January 1975, at Frazee, Minnesota, he married Cheryl Lynn 
Jacobs, born 4 January 1954, in Frazee, daughter of Denton and 
Rosemary Roeder Jacobs. They have two daughters, both born 
in West Bend. 

Megan Ellen Rathke, born 14 January 1977 
Allyson Louise Rathke, born 7 April 1978 

Ellyn Mary Rathke5 (Walter Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 4 September 1954, in West Bend, Wisconsin. 
She is a data processor in West Bend. On 22 June 1973, at West 
Bend, she married John Stephen Grasse, born September 1953, 
in Ozaukee County, the son of Oliver and Nancy Brunswick 
Grasse. They have one son, born in West Bend. 

Nathan John Grasse, born 8 July 1977 

Alvin Bimm5 (Emma Thurow, Louise Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
was born 22 June 1917, in Rockford, Illinois. He married Betty 
Kieselburg, a nurse. They have no children. 

Oscar William Bimm, Jr. 5 (Ida Thurow, Louise Ra, Au- 
gusta, Gott) was born 21 April 1924, in Rockford, Illinois. He 
served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. On 24 September 
1949, at Rockford, he married Lois G. Roderick, born 25 Feb- 
ruary 1924, in Monroe, Wisconsin, daughter of Elmer W. and 
Dorothy S. Pinnow Roderick. They have two children, both born 
in Rockford. 

Suzanne K. Bimm, born 12 May 1952 
Steven M. Bimm, born 14 July 1955 

Lois became a registered nurse at Rockford Memorial Hospital. 

Carolyn Joyce Johnson5 (Marie Thurow, Louise Ra, 
Augusta, Gott) was born 4 March 1927, in Rockford, Illinois. 



The Fifth Generation 173 

On 15 March 1947, at Rockford, she married Ralph Oscar 
Powell, born 8 April 1923, in Princeton, Illinois, son of Charles 
and Gladys Freeberg Powell. They have three children, all born 
in Rockford. 

Sandra Marie Powell, born 24 July 1948 
Ralph Oscar Powell, Jr., born 27 May 1950 
Bradley Steven Powell, born 26 July 1955 

Ralph served aboard the U.S.S. Beaver in World War II, and 
at the U.S. Submarine Base, Kodiak, Alaska. Now he manufac- 
tures and sells mattresses. 



Marlene Fae Johnson5 (Marie Thurow, Louise Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 17 August 1930, in Rockford, Illinois. She is a 
bookkeeper. On 31 July 1954, in Pasadena, California, she 
married Donald Hugh Pratt, born 28 May 1931, in Sioux Falls, 
South Dakota, son of Hugh and Lorene Rector Pratt. They have 
three children, the first one born in Glendale, California, and 
the last two in Rockford. 

Scott Owen Pratt, born 18 October 1955 
Ross Kevin Pratt, born 13 August 1958 
Janice Lorene Pratt, born 3 July 1961 

Donald is a bank president in Rockford. 

John H. Thurow5 (Henry Thurow, Louise Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 25 September 1933, in Rockford, Illinois. John 
served in the U.S. Army during 1954-55 in Korea with the 25th 
Infantry Division, returning with the division to Hawaii. On 3 
April 1954, at Rockford, he married Betty D. Martin, born 27 
March 1937, daughter of Fred and Laura Edwards Martin. They 
have two children, both born in Rockford. 

John H. Thurow, Jr., born 11 January 1957 
Laura T. Thurow, born 31 October 1959 



174 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Carl F. Thurow5 (Henry Thurow, Louise Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 4 November 1937, in Rockford, Illinois. On 11 
August 1958, in the Messiah Lutheran Church, Rockford, he 
married Susan C. Medearis, born 1 January 1941, in Rockford, 
daughter of Eldon G., and Floris E. Boss Medearis. They have 
three children, all born in Rockford. 

Carl F. Thurow, Jr., born 12 February 1960 
Charlotte F. Thurow, born 24 March 1962 
Chad F. Thurow, born 15 July 1971 

Carl is employed by the Hembrough Buick agency in Rockford. 

Norman Arthur Rjtterbusch5 (Art Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 29 September 1940, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. 
He earned his B.S. in Engineering, at Western Michigan Univer- 
sity, Kalamazoo, in 1967. That same year, 21 August, at 
Watervliet, Mississippi, he married Joyce L. Woodard, born 20 
June 1945, in Watervliet. Joyce is an R.N. They have two chil- 
dren. 

Todd Ritterbusch, born 13 November 1968, Rochester, 

Minnesota 
Lisa Ritterbusch, born 1972 

Norman is with IBM, as an operator and programmer, in North- 
field, Ohio. 

David Charles Ritterbusch5 (Art Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 9 November 1943, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He 
spent over six years in the U.S. Navy, and was trained in elec- 
tronics. He works in airplane controls for Sperry-Rand in 
Phoenix, Arizona. On 8 May 1976, in Phoenix, he married 
Kathryn Ray. 

Stanley Edward Ritterbusch5 (Art Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 4 December 1945, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He 
received his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering at the University of 
Wisconsin, the third year of which was spent as an exchange 



The Fifth Generation 175 

student in Mexico. His M.S. in Nuclear Engineering he earned 
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hartford, Connecticut, branch. 
He is a member of the American Nuclear Society. On 27 July 
1974, at Simsbury, Connecticut, he married Virginia, born 3 
April 1951, in Orange, New Jersey. They have one son, born in 
Hartford, Connecticut. 

Ken Lawrence Ritterbusch, born 22 January 1976 

Sylvia Lynn Ritterbusch5 (Art Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
was born 6 May 1947, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She received 
her B.S. in Medical Technology at the University of Wisconsin, 
Stevens Point, and is employed by the University of Wisconsin, 
Madison. On 9 September 1972, at Palmyra, Wisconsin, she 
married Peter Oemichen, son of Marlyn Oemichen. Peter received 
a B.A. at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. 

Dean Leslie RitterbuschS (Art Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
was born 13 August 1952, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He graduated 
from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and is employed by 
Sperry-Rand Avionics in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Rosemary Ritterbusch5 (Paul Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
is employed as a registered nurse at the Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, 
Hospital. 

Carol Kathleen Ritterbusch5 (Lawrence Ri, Ida Ra, 
Augusta, Gott) was born 10 September 1941, in Jackson, Wis- 
consin. She married Wilfred Schmelbach and they have two sons, 
both born in Hartford, Wisconsin. 

Curtis Henry Schmelbach, born 23 June 1963 
Gary Kenneth Schmelbach, born 27 July 1965 

Raiford Elmer RitterbuschS (Edward Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 3 October 1938, in West Bend, Wisconsin. He 
joined the NG Red Arrow Division, 32nd Infantry, and when 
it was activated he spent a year on active duty at Fort Lewis, 



176 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Washington. On 11 July 1959, in St. John's Evangelical and 
Reformed Church, at Slinger, Wisconsin, he married Jean Ray 
Weber, born 15 April 1939, in Polk, Wisconsin, daughter of 
Roland and Bernice Streblow Weber. They have three sons, all 
born in Hartford, Wisconsin. 

Steven Mark Ritterbusch, born 18 November 1959 
Jeffery Van Ritterbusch, born 25 July 1963 
Theodore Jon Ritterbusch, born 23 December 1964 

Raiford operates the Ray Ri Construction Co. He developed a 
ski resort in Mancelone, Michigan, and managed it, then built a 
chair lift at Cave City, Kentucky, and a ski resort near the Great 
Smoky Mountains. Jean is with the Department of Social Services, 
State of Wisconsin, in West Bend. 

Karen Norma Ritterbusch5 (Edward Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 27 October 1940, in West Bend, Wisconsin. She 
completed her R.N. training in Belle Mead, New Jersey, in 1978. 
She is married to Ron Nemyo, and they have four children. 

Todd Nemyo, born 5 May 1965 
Brett Nemyo, born 16 September 1966 
Randy Nemyo, born 20 July 1967 
Laurie Ann Nemyo, born 30 March 1969 

Edward Karl Ritterbusch5 (Edward Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 10 October 1945, in West Bend, Wisconsin. He 
received his B.A. in Math at the University of Wisconsin, Mil- 
waukee, and an M.A. in St. Louis. On 17 August 1968 he married 
Mary Rawlins, and they have two children. 

Matthew Ritterbusch, born 14 August 1972 

Cathy Ritterbusch, born 23 July 1974, Hubertus, Wisconsin 

Charles Henry Ritterbusch5 (Edward Ri, Ida Ra, Au- 
gusta, Gott) was born 13 April 1950, in West Bend, Wisconsin. 
On 26 June 1971, at Hartford, Wisconsin, he married Shari 






The Fifth Generation 1 77 

Rae Schuppel, born 14 July 1951, in Hartford, daughter of 
Bokblin and Ruby Lipien Schuppel. They have three daughters. 

Corrie Lynn Ritterbusch, born 24 April 1972 
Susan Kelly Ritterbusch, born 12 November 1974 
Kristin Ker Ritterbusch, born 5 April 1978, Elkhart Lake, 
Wisconsin 

Richard Charles Rathke5 (Paul Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 8 May 1937, in Chicago, Illinois. On 27 August 
1960, in Glendale, California, he married Rose Marie Vagliano, 
born 1 October 1936, daughter of Ralph R. and Angela Morieale 
Vagliano. They have two children, both born in Los Angeles. 

Paul Richard Rathke, born 11 November 1961 
Angela Marie Rathke, born 16 July 1963 

Richard operates Ray's Locksmith's Shop in downtown Los 
Angeles. 

Phyllis Marie Rathke5 (Paul Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
was born 5 May 1940, in Chicago. On 2 March 1960, in Paradise, 
California, she married Gilbert Leonard Riding, born 28 August 

1936, in Bell, California, son of James Edward and Naomi Sturm 
Riding. They have three children, all born in Los Angeles. 

Chara Marie Riding, born 2 December 1960 

Denise Ilene Riding, born 16 May 1963; died February 1964 

James Leonard Riding, born 10 June 1965 

Gilbert spent 1954 to 1956 with the 3rd Marine Division, part of 
that time in Japan and Okinawa. He is a locksmith. 

Peter John Capellani, Jr. 5 (Irene Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 15 December 1936, in Chicago. On 28 December 
1957, in Chicago, he married Joan Violet Heider, born 29 April 

1937, in Chicago, daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth Van Stavern 
Heider. They have four children, all born in Chicago. 



178 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Donna Marie Capellani, born 16 November 1958 
Dawn Elizabeth Capellani, born 3 March 1960 
Pamela Ann Capellani, born 3 May 1961 
Peter Robert Capellani III, born 30 May 1962 

The Capellanis own the Vent-Air Heating and Cooling Business 
in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. 



Don Charles Capellani5 (Irene Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 11 October 1940, in Chicago. He was in the 
U.S. Marine Corps from 1958 to 1960, and was discharged as 
a corporal. On 8 December 1961, in Chicago, he married Theresa 
Hook, born 21 November 1943, in Chicago, daughter of Hugh 
Oakley and Meta Elizabeth Rooz Hook. They have two children, 
both born in Arlington Heights, Illinois. 

Kelly- An Capellani, born 4 July 1962 

Don Charles Capellani, Jr., born 16 October 1964 

Don is a beautician and operates Don's Colonial House Coiffures. 
He and Theresa, in 1978, became the third owners of an old 
Victorian house, built in 1894, which they are restoring to its 
original charm. 

William Thomas Gasiorowski5 (Bernice Ra, Otto Ra, 
Augusta, Gott) was born 20 June 1937, in Chicago, Illinois. He 
was a member of the Illinois National Guard from 1955 to 1968, 
discharged as a staff sergeant. He has taken various technical 
courses in the fields of sheet metal fabrication, management, air 
distribution, and solar energy to merit his present position as 
plant superintendent with C. C. McDonald, Inc., San Jose, 
California. On 19 September 1959, in Chicago, he married Carole 
Ann Ragagli, born 23 December 1939, in Chicago, daughter of 
Dino and Josephine Ragagli. They have two daughters. 

Laura Lynn Gasiorowski, born 19 June 1960, Chicago 
Deana Marie Gasiorowski, born 14 July 1964, adopted 



The Fifth Generation 1 79 

Carole is a nursery and elementary teacher in Montessori schools. 

Carol Eve GasiorowskiS (Bernice Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 2 October 1938, in Chicago. On 9 August 1958, 
in Chicago, she married Frank J. Scianna, born 31 August 1937, 
in Chicago, the son of Frank and Evelyn Moll Scianna. They 
have three children, all born in Chicago. 

Sherry Marie Scianna, born 23 May 1959 
Thomas Anthony Scianna, born 23 May 1962 
Michelle Renee Scianna, born 26 August 1970 

Frank is a carpet installer in Franklin Park, Illinois. 

Shirley Eileen Gasiorowski5 (Bernice Ra, Otto Ra, Au- 
gusta, Gott) was bora 29 July 1943, in Elmwood, Illinois. In 1961 
she married Philip Bue, a policeman. They have two children, 
both born in Chicago. 

Philip Anthony Bue, Jr., born 24 July 1963 
Susan Marie Bue, born 1 July 1964 

Janet Bert5 (Virginia Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) was 
born 17 March 1940. She is married to Allen Somolik, of Rhine- 
lander, Wisconsin. They have two sons. 

Byron Somolik 
Glen Somolik 

Walter James Bert5 (Virginia Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 13 March 1945. His wife's name is Vivien, and 
they had two children. 

James Bert, born in 1961; died in 1971 
Jacqueline Bert 

Robert Louis Faust5 (Dorothy Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 11 February 1945, in Chicago. He married 
Barbara Jean James; they have three sons. 



1 80 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Robert Louis Faust, Jr., born 15 October 1967 
Larry Gene Faust, born 23 September 1969 
David Allen Faust, born 24 October 1972 

Caroline Ann Faust5 (Dorothy Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta, 
Gott) was born 4 February 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. She mar- 
ried Donald D. Wasion, and they have three children. 

Michael Wasion, born 3 June 1967 
Douglas Wasion, born 28 February 1969 
Kevin Wasion, born 5 March 1972 

Linda Diane Faust5 (Dorothy Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
born 8 August 1948, in Chicago. She is married to Frederick 
Elwell; they have three children. 

Steven Elwell, born 10 August 1969 
Michelle Elwell, born 27 July 1970 
Thomas Elwell, born 24 September 1973 

Bonny Jean Faust5 (Dorothy Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) 
born 12 August 1949, in Chicago. On 17 April 1974, in Wauke- 
gan, Illinois, she married Paul Charles Schroeder, born 21 No- 
vember 1940, in Chicago, son of Charles James and Bernice M. 
Scales Schroeder. There are two children, both born in Waukegan, 
Illinois. 

Patrick Allen Faust, born 10 June 1970 
Tammy Lynn Schroeder, born 9 August 1975 

Paul is a carpet installer in Waukegan. 

James Merton Northrup5 (Dorothy Miller, Emma Ra, 
Augusta, Gott) born 4 September 1930, in Rockford, Illinois. 
He married Irene Smith, and they have three children. 

Dionne Patricia Northrup 
James Donald Northrup 
Lynn Mary Northrup 



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James has a photography business in Rockford. 



For the sake of brevity not all the young people horn in the 
fourth and fifth generations are listed separately in chapters five 
and six. Usually only those who have married or have shown 
the direction of their lives by education or experience are listed 
in their own names. 



6 



The Sixth Generation 



Since this generation still has the opportunity to make its 
mark and its contribution, even into the next century, we shall 
only list them here. There are at least 488 direct descendants, 
81 of whom are married, 33 have already earned bachelor degrees, 
and they have 111 or more children to count in the seventh 
generation. 

We wish them the best of everything, and look forward 
optimistically to what they shall achieve. But we also leave to 
them, and to their generation as a whole, a desperate challenge. 
Robert L. Heilbroner says, "The coming generation will be the 
last generation to seize control over technology before technology 
has irreversibly seized control over it. A generation is not much 
time, but it is some time." 1 

John Joseph Scheer6 (Marian Reinke, Irene, Frank, Albert, 
Gott) was born 30 August 1947, in Neenah, Wisconsin. He has 
earned his B.S. in Biology at the University of Wisconsin, and 
is working toward an M.A. in Pharmacy. 

Ann Scheer6 (Marian Reinke, Irene, Frank, Albert, Gott) 
was born 4 March 1949, in Neenah, Wisconsin. On 12 June 1971, 
she married Jonathon Stephen Schaper, born 26 April 1948, son 

1 J. T. Hardy, Science, Technology and the Environment (Philadelphia: 
W. B. Saunders Co., 1975), p. 318. 

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The Sixth Generation 1 8 3 

of Lloyd and Cohen Schaper, in New York City. Both 

Ann and Jonathon are graduates of the University of Wisconsin, 
Madison. They have two children, both born in Vermont. 

Jennifer Loren Schaper, born 28 October 1974 
Andrew John Schaper, born 28 April 1976 

The family has had some interesting experiences in participating 
in a "back to the land" movement by living in rural Vermont, 
but they are now in business in Boston. 

Marvin James Reinke6 (Marvin Reinke, Irene, Frank, 
Albert, Gott) born 2 January 1957, in Quincy, California. He 
received his B.A. in Accounting and Marketing at Clarion College, 
Clarion, Pennsylvania, in 1979. 

Barbara Jean Reinke6 (Lester Reinke Jr, Irene, Frank, 
Albert, Gott) born 4 August 1953, in Appleton, Wisconsin. On 
22 May 1976, in Wilmington, Delaware, she married Robert 
Newby, born 19 April 1953, in Wilmington. Both have earned 
their B.A.s at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and 
are now enrolled at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, working 
toward their Ph.D.s in Clinical Psychology. 

Pamela Joan Reinke6 (Lester Reinke Jr., Irene, Frank, 
Albert, Gott) born 2 January 1956, in Norfolk, Virginia. She 
earned her B.A. in Economics at Macalester College, St. Paul, 
Minnesota, in 1978, taking the junior year in Bogota, Bolivia. 
She is employed by the federal government in Washington, D.C., 
as an economist. On 27 May 1979 she married Roger Miller, 
a banker in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

David Wayne Peters6 (Doug Peters, Margaret, Frank, 
Albert, Gott) born 19 October 1954, in Shawano, Wisconsin. 
On 21 May 1977, at Chanhassen, Minnesota, he married Cheryl 
Kay Trudeau. They have a son. 



184 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Joshua David Peters, born 22 March 1979 

Diana Lynn Peters6 (Doug Peters, Margaret, Frank, Albert, 
Gott) born 20 October 1956, in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. 
On 24 June 1978, at Chanhassen, Minnesota, she married Dana 
Kent Lorzell. They have a daughter. 

Dana Lynn Lorzell, born 3 August 1979 

Rosalee Mae Griepp6 (Ward, Olga, Frank, Albert, Gott) 
born 10 May 1949, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She married 
Michael F. Renna, son of Frank and Mary Civelletta Renna. 
They have a son, born in Syracuse, New York. 

Frank Anthony Renna, born 2 July 1970 

Rosalee, a nurse, works and lives on Staten Island, New York, 
where she also enjoys her hobbies of painting and writing poetry. 

Kenneth William Griepp6 (Ward, Olga, Frank, Albert, 
Gott) born 7 April 1952, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned 
his M.A. in Education and Counseling at Villanova University, 
Pennsylvania, in 1975. He was ordained in the United Christian 
church, New York City, in 1977, and is the assistant pastor of 
Gateway Cathedral, Staten Island, New York. On 1 1 August 
1973, in Queens, New York, he married Lois Mabel Kordon, 
born 4 December 1951, in Jamaica, New York, daughter of 
Werner and Mabel Andreasen Kordon. They have a daughter, 
born in Queens. 

Jennifer Lenee, born 22 March 1977 

Holly Rae Gudmundson6 (Geraldine, Herbert, Frank, 
Albert, Gott) born 10 January 1956, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
On 12 August 1977, in Chaska, Minnesota, she married Charles 
William Cruse, born 14 September 1954, son of Cecil and Helen 
Lucas Cruse. They have a daughter, born in Tempe, Arizona. 



The Sixth Generation 1 85 

Andrea Cruse, born 3 April 1979 

Kim Crystal Lein6 (Crystal, Herbert, Frank, Albert, Gott) 
born 3 March 1959, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On 16 June 
1979 she married Todd Gage, who is attending medical school. 

Edward Lewis Prouse6 (Shirley Ab, Elmer Ab, Minnie, 
Albert, Gott) born 5 May 1951, in Mitchell, South Dakota. He 
spent two years in the U.S. Marine Corps and is now a trucker. 
On 8 June 1976, in Appleton, Wisconsin, he married Judith 
Kelpinski Rupiper. They have three children. 

Gary Prouse 

John Lewis Prouse, born 12 January 1978 

Tina Prouse 

Timothy Michael Prouse6 (Shirley Ab, Elmer Ab, Minnie, 
Albert, Gott) born 29 September 1955, in Aberdeen, South 
Dakota. He spent three years in the U.S. Air Force, and was 
stationed in Turkey. He married Jill Jean Schmalz, and they 
have a son. 

Jamie Michael Prouse, born March 1978 

Michael Gibson6 (Elfie Gl, Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott) 
born 27 November 1947, in Flint, Michigan. He is doing research 
for his graduate degree. In 1974 he married Marilee Muller, and 
they have a daughter, born in Taiwan. 

Emily Elfie Gibson, born December 1978 

Marilee is a pediatrician, and has practiced in Tahiti, Taiwan, 
and now in Washington, D.C. 

Judy Elfie Gibson6 (Elfie Gl, Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert, 
Gott) born 23 May 1950, in Flint, Michigan. Judy is a graduate 
of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 



186 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Sandra Jean Gibson6 (Elfie Gl, Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert, 
Gott) born 15 June 1951. She is a graduate of the University of 
Michigan. 

Sharon Gibson6 (Elfie Gl, Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott) 
born 16 August 1957. She earned her B.A. in Library Science 
at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant. 

Clifford Andrew Ebban6 (Ruth Gl, Elfie Ab, Minnie, 
Albert, Gott) born 5 March 1951, in Appleton, Wisconsin. In 
October 1976 at Osseo, Wisconsin, he married Mary Kay Brock- 
man, born 16 June 1951, in Appleton. They have a son, born in 
Appleton. 

James Clark Ebban, born 24 March 1977 

Clifford is a Datsun mechanic and a stock car driver. 

Barbara Jean Ebban6 (Ruth Gl, Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert, 
Gott) born 13 November 1954, in Appleton, Wisconsin. In 
October 1977 she married Martin Kwiotkowski. 

Judith Ann Warner6 (Oliver Warner, Esther Ab, Minnie, 
Albert, Gott) born 6 May 1951, in Appleton, Wisconsin. She 
married Arvid Reed Johnson, born 31 December 1950, in Osh- 
kosh, Wisconsin. They have a daughter, born in Appleton. 

Nicole Ann Johnson, born 19 January 1978 

Robert Ray Warner6 (Oliver Warner, Esther Ab, Minnie, 
Albert, Gott) born 13 October 1953, in Appleton, Wisconsin. 
He has worked several years on the off-shore oil platforms in 
the Gulf of Mexico, and is now employed by the Army Corps 
of Engineers. He is married to Linda Frank and they have two 
children. 



The Sixth Generation 1 87 

Larry Warner, born 8 August 1972 
Randie Marie Warner, born 1 August 1978 

Diane Lynn Warner6 (Oliver Warner, Esther Ab, Minnie, 
Albert, Gott) born 4 January 1955, in Appleton, Wisconsin. She 
is a receptionist for the Blue Springs Optical Co., Missouri. On 
23 August 1975 she married Daniel Benjamin Spina, born 25 
March 1954, son of Daniel B. and Carla Harrison Spina. They 
have a son. 

Daniel Benjamin Spina HI, born 1 August 1979 

Daniel received his B.A. in Music Education at Evangel College, 
Springfield, Missouri, and is teaching music. 

Leonard Herbert Kallies6 (Hazel Hi, Johan Hi, Robt 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 8 August 1940. On 20 September 1958, 
at Menominee, Michigan, he married Alice Celesta Hardman, 
born 12 April 1937, in Aphelstane, Wisconsin, daughter of 
Eugene and Eglia Haidymon Hardman. Alice received her B.A. 
at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, in 1967 and teaches 
school. Leonard and Alice have three daughters, all bora in 
Oconto Falls, Wisconsin. 

Christina Bernice Kallies, born 24 July 1960 

Cynthia (Cindy) Helen Kallies, born 14 December 1961 

Katherine Marie Kallies, born 5 June 1970 

Leonard is farming and raises beef cattle, near Pound, Wisconsin. 

Johnie Fred Kallies6 (Hazel Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) was born 26 February 1944, in Oconto Falls, 
Wisconsin. He married Maxine Carol McKenna, born 31 July 
1947, in Shawano, Wisconsin, daughter of Steven A. and Elizabeth 
Hoffmier McKenna. They have two children, both born in 
Shawano. 



188 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Amy Beth Rallies, born 27 November 1971 
Jim Adam Rallies, born 7 April 1975 

John is an auto mechanic; he built his own home north of 
Shawano. 

Karen Jean Kallies6 (Hazel Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) was born 5 October 1945, in Oconto Falls, Wis- 
consin. She married Glen Leo Chapin, born 29 September 1942, 
in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, son of Leo and Naomi Case Chapin. 
They have two children, both born in Oconto Falls. 

Wesley Dean Chapin, born 10 September 1964 
Renae Dawn Chapin, born 16 May 1966 

Karen was divorced and wed Robert Alden Young III, born 10 
November 1950, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the son of Robert 
W., Jr., and Elizabeth Mae Zelmer Young. Robert and Karen 
had three children, all born in Shawano, Wisconsin. 

Christopher Scott Young, born 26 March 1975, twin 
Jennifer Lynn Young, born 27 March 1975, twin; died 27 

March 1975 
Matthew Todd Young, born 12 January 1977 

Mariette Sandra Kallies6 (Hazel Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) was born 8 October 1947, in Oconto Falls, Wis- 
consin. She married Joseph Paul Piencikowski, born 4 July 1947, 
in Marinette, Wisconsin, son of Joseph and Emma Patz Pienci- 
kowski, Sr. They have three children, all born in Wisconsin. 

Joseph Scott Piencikowski, born 11 August 1970, Green Bay 
Paul Lawrence Piencikowski, born 13 September 1972, 

Shawano 
Heidi Rae Piencikowski, born 23 January 1976, Shawano 

Joe works for Proctor & Gamble in Gillett, Wisconsin. 



The Sixth Generation 1 89 

Douglas Kallies6 (Hazel Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 22 January 1951. He married Susan Raley; they 
have three children. 

Douglas Kallies. born January 1971 
Toni June Kallies, born 11 June 1977 
Michael Lee Kallies, born 15 June 1978 

Thomas John Braatz, Jr. 6 (Evelyn Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) was born 10 August 1941, in Green Bay, Wis- 
consin. On 6 April 1962 he married Sharon Lee Prudhome, 
born 7 February 1942, in Marinette, Wisconsin, daughter of Earl 
and Katherine Grenier Prudhome. They have three children. 

Danny Thomas Braatz, born 4 September 1962 ) 
David Joe Braatz, born 4 September 1962 » 

Shelly Lynn Braatz, born 17 March 1966 

Thomas is a foreman at Great Lakes Concrete, Green Bay. 

Roseanna Joy Braatz6 (Evelyn Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) was born 2 October 1946, in Green Bay, Wis- 
consin. She earned her B.S. in Related Arts at University of 
Wisconsin, Madison, in 1969. She is district chief of Adminis- 
tration Offices and Management Services for the Highway De- 
partment, Superior, Wisconsin, the first woman to fill that position. 

Terrance Lee Braatz6 (Evelyn Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi. 
Amelia, Gott) was born 22 November 1947, in Green Bay, 
Wisconsin. He married Paula Ann Gretz, born 19 July 1948, 
daughter of Frank and Caroline K. Holl Gretz. They had four 
children, all born in Green Bay. 

Lee Terrance Braatz, born 31 December 1966; died 1 Jan- 
uary 1967 

Lee Thomas Braatz, born 24 November 1967; died 25 
November 1967 

Lee Frank Braatz, born 1 December 1968 

Connie Lynn Braatz, born 23 November 1969 



190 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Terrance is a painter for the Green Bay Western Railroad. 

Wendy Kay Braatz6 (Evelyn Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) was born 31 October 1949, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On 
27 December 1967 she married Dennis Keith Kolbusz, born 10 
January 1947, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, son of Donald and 
Pat Henrickson Kolbusz. They have a daughter. 

Jennifer Ann Kolbusz, born 15 October 1969 

Dennis spent from 1967 to 1970 in the U.S. Army, the last year 
at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He is an electronics technician for 
the FAA in Green Bay. 

Wayne Eugene Braatz6 (Evelyn Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) was born 5 June 1952, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 
He married Deborah Boyce, born 15 October. They have a 
daughter, born in Green Bay. 

Angie Renee Braatz, born 13 May 1975 
Wayne works for his brother Thomas in Green Bay. 

Michal John Hintz6 (Everett Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 21 July 1950, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and 
wed to Kathy O'Connell, born 16 December 1952. They have 
two sons. 

Michal John Hintz, Jr., born 24 November 1972 
Joshua Carl Hintz, born 16 April 1977 

David Lee Patterson6 (Mavis Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 1 June 1949, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He 
spent the years 1967 to 1969 in the U.S. Marine Corps, fourteen 
months in Vietnam, and was discharged as a lance corporal. On 
19 May 1972, in Green Bay, he married Mary Lucille Holl, born 
6 June 1947, in Green Bay, daughter of Gerald J. and Evelyn 
Van Den Busch Holl. They have two children. 



The Sixth Generation 1 9 1 

James Charles Patterson, born 25 March 1973 
Amy Marie Patterson, born 11 November 1975 

Beverly Jean Patterson6 (Mavis Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 18 March 1952, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 
On 25 May 1973, in St. Joseph's Chapel, De Pere, Wisconsin, 
she married Gary Herbert Coenen, born 13 February 1948, in 
Green Bay, son of Herbert V. and Beatrice C. Gerarden Coenen. 
They have a daughter, born in Green Bay. 

Melissa Mae Coenen, born 22 February 1974 

Gary spent from 1968 to 1971 in the U.S. Army, part of that 
time as a sergeant E5, stationed in Germany with the 5th Field 
Artillery Corps. 

Robert Earl Sloat6 (Floyd Sloat, Hedwig Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 19 January 1943, in Chicago, Illinois. He 
earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological 
University, Houghton, Michigan, in 1965, and his J.D. at Chicago- 
Kent College of Law in 1971; he was admitted to the Illinois 
State Bar in 1972. He is a member of the Illinois and American 
Bar Associations, and of the American Patent Law Association. 
He is employed by Standard Oil of Indiana, Legal Department, in 
Chicago. 

On 26 December 1970, in Chicago, he married Wallis Jean 
Dolan, born 2 September 1947, daughter of James William and 
Lorraine B. Dolan. They have two daughters, both born in 
Illinois. 

Melissa Nell Sloat, born 19 January 1973, Maywood 
Allison Marni Sloat, born 18 March 1975, Des Plaines 

Donald Walter Sloat6 (Floyd Sloat, Hedwig Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 7 December 1944. He earned his B.S. in 
Civil Engineering at Michigan Technological University in 1967, 
and was commissioned in the Air Force in 1968. He spent some 
time with the Space and Missiles Systems in El Segundo, Cali- 



192 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

fornia, and the balance of his four years at Danang Air Force 
Base as Chief of Engineering Construction. Returning to civilian 
life as a captain, he is now employed as chief engineer by Cooper 
Sherman Engineering Co., Midwest Region, in Chicago. 

David Earl George Sloat6 (Floyd Sloat, Hedwig Hi, Robt 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 26 September 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. 
He earned his B.A. in Bio-Engineering at the University of Illinois 
in 1974, and is employed by the State of Illinois, EPA Grants 
Division, in Springfield, Illinois. 

Emery William Gerhardt6 (Lorraine Sloat, Hedwig Hi, 
Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 3 August 1940, in Chicago, Illinois. 
On 17 August 1966 he married Silvia Alvarez, born 5 November 
1947, in G.T.O. Mexico. They have two daughters. 

Antoinette Silvia Gerhardt, born 22 September 1967 
Ana Teresa Gerhardt, born 28 July 1969 

The family lives in Houston, Texas. 

Adrienne Harrietta Gerhardt6 (Lorraine Sloat, Hedwig 
Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 15 November 1942, in Chicago, 
Illinois. She married Kendall Jones, and they have one daughter. 

Winifred Jones, born 18 October 1970 

Divorced in 1974, she married John Hickman in 1975 and had 
another daughter. 

Amanda Hickman, born 15 October 1975 

Eric Frank Gerhardt6 (Lorraine Sloat, Hedwig Hi, Robt 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 3 June 1946, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. On 
3 August 1968 at Costa Mesa, California, he married Carol Jean 
Tewes, born 18 December 1946, in East Chicago, Indiana, daugh- 
ter of Norman John and Eleanor Gustaitis Tewes. They 'have two 
sons, both born in California. 



The Sixth Generation 193 

Ryan Gerhardt, born 10 September 1974, El Cajon 
Michael Gerhardt, born 5 January 1978, Vallejo 

Eric and Carol both earned their B.A.s in English Literature. 
Eric is an elementary school teacher, and Carol is a copy editor. 



Andrea Louise Gerhardt6 (Lorraine Sloat, Hedwig Hi, 
Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 21 December 1949, in Chicago, 
Illinois. She is wed to Bruce Carlson, born 8 July 1946. They 
have a daughter. 

Sarah Louise Carlson, born 8 January 1978 
They make their home in the current capital of Alaska, Juneau. 

Antoinette Lorraine Gerhardt6 (Lorraine Sloat, Hedwig 
Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 8 June 1956, in Chicago. She 
is wed to Jim Turbyfill, born 7 October 1960, of Renton, 
Washington. 

Deborah Susan Stegenga6 (Alsace Sloat, Hedwig Hi, Robt 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 8 November 1948, in Chicago, Illinois. 
She earned her B.A. in Business Administration at University of 
Wisconsin in 1970. On 12 February 1977, at Golden, Colorado, 
she married Phillip Carl Herrin, born 17 November 1945, in 
Brunswick, Georgia, son of J. D. and Essie M. Lee Herrin. 
Phillip served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965, stationed 
at Heilbron, Germany, with the 237th Engineering Battalion. He 
is a truck driver. 

Judith Elizabeth Bleser6 (Ora Mc, Margret Hi, Robt 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 16 June 1946, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. 
She earned an M.A. in Education at Tulane University, New 
Orleans. She married Steven R. Milan, born 16 September 1945, 
an engineer in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Albert Earl Bleser6 (Ora Mc, Margret Hi, Robt Hi, 



194 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Amelia, Gott) born 10 July 1948, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He 
spent two years in the U.S. Army, one in Vietnam with the 69th 
Engineering Battalion. He received his B.S. in Math at University 
of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He married Deborah Schirtz, and they 
have a son. 

Jonathan Albert Bleser, born 9 September 1971 

Divorced, he married Mary Heise on 23 August 1976, and they 
have a daughter. 

Heidi Jo Bleser, born 3 March 1977 

Albert is engaged in real estate, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 

Earl David Bleser6 (Ora Mc, Margret Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) born 3 May 1953, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He operates 
a business of selling and installing telephone interconnect systems, 
in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Denise Marie McDonald6 (Chester Mc, Margret Hi, Robt 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 10 September 1951, in Green Bay, 
Wisconsin. On 26 May 1972 she married Thomas M. Moore, 
born 26 December 1950, in Antigo, Wisconsin, son of John C. 
Moore. They have a daughter, born in Green Bay. 

Angelia Marie Moore, born 26 October 1975 

Thomas received his B.A. in Accounting at St. Norbert College, 
De Pere, Wisconsin. He is a controller for Carver Boat Co., in 
Green Bay. 

Darcel Ann McDonald6 (Chester Mc, Margret Hi, Robt 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 11 August 1952, in Green Bay, Wis- 
consin. She is a graduate of Madison Area Technical College 
and a registered dental hygienist. She married James Spitzer, 
born 19 January 1951. He earned his B.S. at Marquette Uni- 



The Sixth Generation 1 95 

versity, Milwaukee, and is a dentist. He has recently completed 
a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy. 

James John McDonald6 (James Mc, Margret Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 18 December 1951, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 
He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering at University of Notre 
Dame, South Bend, Indiana. He is wed to Sandra Van der Heyden. 

Sharon Marie McDonald6 (James Mc, Margret Hi, Robt 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 18 September 1953, in Green Bay, Wis- 
consin. She earned her B.S. at Kansas State University, Manhat- 
tan, Kansas. She married Michael Patrick Flynn, born 9 May 
1952. They have a son. 

Michael Patrick Flynn III, born February 1978 

Jon Lee McDonald6 (James Mc, Margret Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 18 June 1955, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He 
received his B.S. in Accounting at Marquette University, Mil- 
waukee. 

Robert Lee McDonald6 (Robt Mc, Margret Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 14 August 1956, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 
On 27 August 1977, he married Brenda Ann Kempfer, born 8 
December 1957, daughter of Marvin Kempfer. He works for 
Keize Construction Co. 

Kay Lorraine Hintz6 (Gordon Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 19 April 1947, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 
She is married to Gerald Miller, born 5 June 1945. They have 
two children. 

Timothy Brian Miller, born 19 November 1967 
Kim Marie Miller, born 5 December 1970 

Wayne Gordon Hintz6 (Gordon Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 5 June 1951, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 
1975 he married Nancy Lee, born 25 May 1952. 



196 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Bonnie Jo Phillipi6 (Lorraine Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born in 1940. She married George Larson, they 
have a daughter. 

Kelly Jo Larson 

Richard Lyle Lambert6 (Phyllis Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 16 January 1942. He married Christine 
Jordan, born 19 August. They have two children, born in Green 
Bay, Wisconsin. 

Christopher Charles Lambert, born 30 May 1965 
Michelle Marie Lambert, born 23 November 1966 



Charles David Lambert6 (Phyllis Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 22 August 1944, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 
On 12 November 1966 he married Jayne Dimmer. They have 
four children. 

May Jayne Lambert, born 27 April 1967; died same day 
David Charles Lambert, born 6 December 1968 
Sara Jayne Lambert, born 6 August 1970 
Jennifer Lambert, born 23 September 1973 



Sandra Ann Lambert6 (Phyllis Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 23 January 1950, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 
On 1 March 1969, in Green Bay, she married Robert Joseph 
Zingler, born 11 March 1947, in Green Bay, son of Arthur and 
Dorothy Derbique Zingler. Robert is a graduate of Badger Busi- 
ness College and a computer programming school, and is the 
national credit manager for Liquid Carbonics Co. in Oconto, 
Wisconsin. Robert and Sandra have three sons, all born in Green 
Bay. 

Chad Jeremey Zingler, born 28 July 1969 
Troy David Zingler, born 3 June 1971 
Matthew Robert Zingler, born 3 June 1976 



The Sixth Generation 197 

Darwin Dale Hintz6 (Howard Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 22 February 1949, in Shawano, Wisconsin. 
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1972, spent three years in 
Germany, and then was stationed at Fort Myer, Virginia. He 
married Sandra Owen, and they have three children. 

Corey Dale Hintz 
Michelle Coral Hintz 
Timothy Ray Hintz 

Wanda Mae Hintz6 (Howard Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 30 January 1951. She married Ronald 
(Spunk) Collins; they have three sons. 

Robbie Jay Collins 
Ronnie Ray Collins 
Quinn Matthew Collins 

Pamela Kay Hintz6 (Howard Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 19 September 1958, in Shawano, Wisconsin. 
She married James Robertson, and they have one son. 

Jimmy James Robertson 

Gesbert James Veldhuizen6 (Dawn Mc, Ruth Hi, Robt 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 25 March 1945, in Green Bay, Wis- 
consin. On the last day of the year he married Norma Jean 
Christensen, born 29 October 1938, in Green Bay, daughter of 
Fred and Helen Christensen. They have two children, both born 
in Green Bay. 

Carl Eugene Veldhuizen 
Melodie Lynn Veldhuizen 

Gesbert is employed by the Green Bay Fire Department. 

Randolph Lee Veldhuizen6 (Dawn Mc, Ruth Hi, Robt 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 31 January 1947, in Green Bay, Wis- 



198 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

consin. He married Diane Joyce Laurent, born 7 January 1948, 
in Green Bay, daughter of Myron and Joyce Van Ess Laurent. 
They have two daughters, both born in Green Bay. 

Tammy Jo Veldhuizen, born 26 March 1966 
Traci Lee Veldhuizen, born 8 January 1970 

Randolph died 27 December 1973, and is buried in Allouez 
Cemetery, Green Bay. Diane operates her own beauty shop, The 
Hair Clinic, in Green Bay. 

Kevin Craig Veldhuizen6 (Dawn Mc, Ruth Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 29 August 1954, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 
On 11 May 1974, in Green Bay, he married JoAnn Lynn Helke, 
born 7 May 1952, in Green Bay, daughter of John and Jeannette 
Schmoncosky Helke. Kevin is a professional truck driver for 
Leaseway and Scott Paper Co. 

Karen Lynn Lyons6 (Gloria Lawrence, Ora Hi, Robt Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 2 September 1948, in Glendale, California. 
At Forest Lawn Chapel, in Glendale, she married James Michael 
Miller, born 7 January 1944, in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, son 
of Andrew Hans Miller. They have a son, born in Burbank, 
California. 

James Michael Miller, Jr., born 31 July 1966 

James is Production Control Manager for Barry Mfg. Co. in 
Burbank. 

Nancy Louise Krueger6 (Keith Kr, Paul Kr, Augusta Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 1 May 1937, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She 
earned her B.S. in Education at Boston University, and her M.Ed 
in Early Childhood at the University of New Hampshire in 1970. 
On 27 June 1958, she married Frederick W. Murdock, Jr., 
born 27 April 1934, in Brockton, Massachusetts, son of Fred- 
erick William and Louise M. Peck Murdock. They have a son, 
born in Methuen, Massachusetts. 



The Sixth Generation 199 

Frederick William Murdock III, born 28 January 1965 

Fred is an attorney. Nancy has been teaching at the University of 
New Hampshire since 1970 and at Colby-Sawyer College, New 
London, New Hampshire, since 1976. She was faculty consultant 
to Public TV in New Hampshire for the production of four films 
for TV, and also consultant for New Hampshire State Headstart 
Training Center. She is an aspiring writer and student. 

Peter Alden Krueger6 (Keith Kr, Paul Kr, Augusta Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 14 October 1938, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, spent over two years as 
an enlisted man, then over five years as an attack pilot, twenty- 
six months of that in Vietnam flying A-4s; he flew 642 missions, 
won the Distinguished Flying Cross, forty-one air medals, and the 
Purple Heart. On 25 April 1970, at El Toro, California, he 
married Martha Lynn McKee, born 22 December 1943, in 
Pasadena, California, daughter of Robert and Krenz McKee. 
Peter did some crocodile hunting in Australia, then worked a 
year for the New Zealand Forest Service as a deer herd control 
hunter. He served a stint for 20th Century Fox as the Japanese 
pilot who led the attack at Pearl Harbor in the movie Tora, Tora, 
Tor a. He is now a pilot for Continental; he and Martha live on 
a small ranch in the Antelope Valley, California, raising quarter 
horses. 

Elizabeth Ruth Krueger6 (Keith Kr, Paul Kr, Augusta 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 12 February 1940, in Milwaukee, Wis- 
consin. She married Robert Caldwell, and they have three children, 
the first one born in Stockholm, Sweden, and the last two in 
Delaware, Ohio. 

Eric K. Caldwell, born 16 August 1970 

Britt Caldwell, born 7 March 1972 

Karl Peter Caldwell, born 25 August 1974 

Robert earned his B.S. in Electronics at Hillsdale College, 
Michigan, and his M.A. at Wayne State University, Detroit. He 
is an electronics engineer in Madrid, Spain. 



200 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Alden Gerald (Chuck) Krueger6 (Alden Kr, Paul Kr, 
Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 18 March 1947, in Munising, 
Michigan. He married Mary Ann Purcell, daughter of Bernard 
and Ann M. Sneider Purcell. Mary has her B.S. from University 
of Wisconsin, Platteville. 

William Ellsworth Krueger6 (Alden Kr, Paul Kr, Au- 
gusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 17 May 1949, in Munising, 
Michigan. On 3 July 1972, he married Diane Bilke and they 
have one daughter. 

Angela Marie Krueger, born 18 March 1975 

Lynn Ann Schonefeldt6 (Shirley Kr, Elmer Kr, Augusta Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 13 July 1943, in Wausau, Wisconsin. She 
married Connor and they have a son, born in Wausau. 

John Paul Connor, born 14 May 1963 

Kathy Krueger6 (Robt Kr, Elmer Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) born 17 July 1950, in Rockford, Illinois. On 5 August 
1977, in New Orleans, Louisiana, she married Robert Erdman, 
born 12 April 1950, in Wausau, Wisconsin, son of Marvin H. 
and Anna Holt Erdman. He is a project manager. Kathy is an 
operating room and kidney dialysis technician in Pine Hill, New 
Jersey. 

Jane Barbara Krueger6 (Kobin Kr, Harold Kr, Augusta 

Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 21 February 1950. She married 

Schrimpf, and they have two children. 

Barbara Jane Schrimpf 
Jesse Schrimpf 

Douglas Kobin Krueger6 (Kobin Kr, Harold Kr, Augusta 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 23 September 1952, in Green Bay, 
Wisconsin. On 9 August 1975, in Appleton, Wisconsin, he mar- 



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ried Cindy Sue Bellis, born 3 August 1954, daughter of Merlen 
and Myrtle Bellis. They have a son, born in Appleton. 

Benjamin Kobin Krueger, born 22 October 1977 

Brita Ann Krueger6 (Kobin Kr, Harold Kr, Augusta Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 4 December 1954, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 
On 5 March 1974, in Appleton, Wisconsin, she married Michael 
Raymond Meyer, born 30 January 1956. They have two children. 

Beth Meyer 
Elizabeth Ann Meyer 

Michael is a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, recently stationed 
at Camp Pendleton, California. 

Kathryn Ruth Krueger6 (Kobin Kr, Harold Kr, Augusta 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 16 October 1956, in Milwaukee, Wis- 
consin. On 5 April 1975, at Appleton, Wisconsin, she married 
Eric Rudolph Erickson, son of Rudolph A. and Patricia Stewart 
Erickson. Eric is a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. He and 
Kathryn have two children. 

Eric Rudolph Erickson, Jr., born 16 July 1976, Appleton, 

Wisconsin 
Amanda Kay Erickson, born 6 July 1978, Orange, California 

Ronald Earl Backus6 (Joyce Mcllraith, Or a Kr, Augusta 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 15 March 1946, in Wausau, Wisconsin. 
On 24 November 1976, at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he married 
Vickie Kay Mullins Snyder, born 6 December 1956, daughter of 
C. E. and Betty Price Mullins. They have a daughter, born in 
Fort Lauderdale. 

Amanda Joy Backus, born 19 December 1977 

Ronald is a test lab technician for Motorola, Fort Lauderdale. 



202 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Vickie Jean Backus6 (Joyce Mcllraith, Ora Kr, Augusta 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 9 March 1947, in Wausau. On 6 March 
1970, at West Palm Beach, Florida, she married Robert Alan 
Lavache, born 11 May 1945, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, 
son of Frances W. and Connie Lucas Lavache. He served one 
enlistment in the U.S. Navy, and then traveled extensively. He 
and Vickie met on Andros Island in the Bahamas. They have 
two children, both born in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. 

Pamela Jean Lavache, born 3 February 1976 
Robert James Lavache, born 25 July 1978 

Robert is an electrician. 

Barry Bruce Backus6 (Joyce Mcllraith, Ora Kr, Augusta 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 22 October 1948, in Wausau, Wisconsin. 
He is senior merchandise manager for J. C. Penny Co. in Cullman, 
Alabama. On 28 August 1971, at Pompano Beach, Florida, he 
married Sally Ann Walden, born 14 March 1951, daughter of 
Larry I. and Doris Hodges Walden. 

Carol Ann Linnan6 (Joan Toepfer, Arthye Kr, Augusta 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 26 June 1950, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
While attending Drake University she met, and on 22 December 
1969, in Chicago, married Edward Parcell, born 29 August 1950, 
in Evanston, Illinois, son of William A. and Phyllis Woods Parcell. 
They have three children, all born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

David Matthew Parcell, born 17 July 1970 
John Michael Parcell, born 6 August 1974 
Melissa Joan Parcell, born 17 February 1977 

Edward is a graduate of Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, 
and is a salesman in Brookfield, Wisconsin. 

Michael Raymond Linnan6 (Joan Toepfer, Arthye Kr, 
Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 7 September 1951, in Milwaukee, 
Wisconsin. On 13 May 1972 he married Beth (Buffy) Helen 



The Sixth Generation 203 

Andreae, born 5 February 1952. They have three sons and a 
daughter, Buffy. 

Orien Andreae Linnan, born 16 July 1974 
Sean Michael Linnan, born 29 May 1975 
Buffy Brynn Linnan, born 30 January 1977 
Kelley Brit Linnan, born 31 July 1978 

Timothy John Linnan6 (Joan Toepfer, Arthye Kr, Augusta 
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 15 March 1953, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
On 31 July 1977, at Teaneck, New Jersey, he married Joanne 
Susan Backer, born 9 February 1954, in Teaneck, daughter of 
Herbert and Mimi Wachtell Backer. Timothy is a sales repre- 
sentative for U.S. Tobacco in Greenfield, Wisconsin, and Joanne 
is an executive secretary. 

Phyllis Susan Craig6 (Lorraine Toepfer, Arthye Kr, Au- 
gusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 9 March 1954, in Milwaukee, 
Wisconsin. She earned her R.N. at the University of Wisconsin, 
Madison, and is employed at Madison General Hospital, in the 
intensive care unit of the premature and neonatal infant depart- 
ment. 

Kevin Richard Craig6 (Lorraine Toepfer, Arthye Kr, 
Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 12 September 1956, Madison, 
Wisconsin. He earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering, at the 
University of Wisconsin, Madison, and is employed by Pittsburgh 
Plate Glass Co., in Pittsburgh, Pa. He married Cindy Lee Sobie, 
born 25 January 1957. 

Cinda Grace Zahn6 (Zola Dietrich, Grace Hi, Frank Hi, 
Amelia, Gott) born 17 March 1947, in Janesville, Wisconsin. 
She earned her B.S. in Home Economics Education, at the 
University of Wisconsin, Menominee. On 5 September 1970, at 
Janesville, she married Gregory Carl Halvorson, born 16 July 
1946, in Janesville, son of Howard and Helen Costello Halvorson. 
They have one son, born in Baraboo, Wisconsin. 



204 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Aaron Halvorson, born 28 December 1975 

Gregory earned his B.S. in Pharmacy at the University of Wis- 
consin, Madison, spent 1971 to 1973 in the U.S. Army, and 
is a pharmacist in Baraboo. 

Jay Louis Zahn6 (Louis Zahn, Agnes Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia, 
Gott) born 30 November 1956, in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin. On 
13 August 1977, in Wrightstown, Wisconsin, he married Jean 
Martha Vanderheiden, born 1 December 1954, in Appleton, 
Wisconsin, daughter of Richard and Anna Joosten Vanderheiden. 

Gretchen Sue Grosse6 (Lorraine Bl, Karl Bl, Emilie Ra, 
Augusta, Gott) born 9 August 1953, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
She graduated from Iowa State University, Ames, in 1975, a Phi 
Beta Kappa, and works in Special Services, Des Moines Area 
Community College. On 6 July 1974, in Rockford, Illinois, she 
married Steven Olson, born 18 February 1951, son of Berwyn 
and Edith Bullock Olson. Steven graduated from Iowa State 
University, Ames, in 1973, and is a supervisor in the Loan 
Department of Bankers Life in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Karl Herbert Bliese6 (Wm Bl, Karl Bl, Emilie Ra, 
Augusta, Gott) born 26 December 1953. Karl has the privilege 
of claiming dual citizenship in both Canada and United States 
because he was born on the Peace Bridge at Niagara Falls. His 
mother didn't quite get to the hospital on the day after Christmas. 
Karl earned his B.A. in Education at Wright State University, 
Dayton, Ohio, and studied theology at Christ's Seminex, St. 
Louis, Missouri; he is taking his vicarage, teaching at a mission 
school on the Texas-Mexican border, Roma, Texas. On 19 June 
1977, in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, at Kettering, Ohio, he 
married Nancy Ann Henderson. 

Richard Howard Bliese6 (Wm Bl, Karl Bl, Emilie Ra, 
Augusta, Gott) born 24 April 1956, in Towson, Maryland. He 
received his B.S. in Psychology and Philosophy at Wright State 
University, Dayton, Ohio, and is studying at Christ's Seminex, 



The Sixth Generation 205 

St. Louis, Missouri. On 17 June 1978, in Kettering, Ohio, he 
married Nina Kristin Buettner. She has a B.A. in Art Education 
from Wright State University and is teaching. 

Linda Poweleit6 (Merle Poweleit, Linda Ra, Albert Ra, 
Augusta, Gott) born 8 February 1949, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
Her husband is Ronald Lenord Lichty, born 26 November 1948. 
Their two children are: 

Ronald Lenord Lichty, Jr., born 14 April 1968 
Tracy Lynn Lichty, born 29 June 1971 

Diana Antoinette Poweleit6 (Merle Poweleit, Linda Ra, 
Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott) born 2 February 1954, in Milwaukee, 
Wisconsin. She married Curtis Robert Miller, born 4 May 1951. 
They have one daughter. 

Shelly Lynn Miller, born 20 December 1971 

Suzanne K. Bimm6 (Oscar Bimm, Ida Thurow, Louise Ra, 
Augusta, Gott) born 12 May 1952, in Monroe, Wisconsin. On 
6 April 1974 she married Duane G. Toelke, born 14 August 
1949, son of Alvin and Irene Meinert Toelke. They have two 
daughters. 

Melissa Anne Toelke, born 5 December 1975 
Amanda Joy Toelke, born 22 March 1978 

Duane is a farmer, and Suzanne is a registered nurse. 

Steven M. Bimm6 (Oscar Bimm, Ida Thurow, Louise Ra, 
Augusta, Gott) born 14 July 1955, in Rockford, Illinois. He 
graduated from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1978, 
and is an industrial engineer in Evansville, Indiana. 

Sandra Marie Powell6 (Carolyn Johnson, Marie Thurow, 
Louise Ra, Augusta, Gott) born 24 July 1948, in Rockford. 
Illinois. On 13 June 1970, in Rockford, she married John Richard 



206 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP 

Fleck, born 21 September 1948, in Chicago, son of Walter and 
Alice Krueger Fleck. Both John and Sandra had just graduated 
from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. He is a high school 
math teacher, and she is a high school science teacher. They have 
three children, all born in Chicago Heights, Illinois. 

Andrew Thomas Fleck, born 24 December 1973 
Amy Marie Fleck, born 19 June 1975 
Jay Adam Fleck, born 27 January 1977 

Ralph Oscar Powell, Jr. 6 (Carolyn Johnson, Marie Thu- 
row, Louise Ra, Augusta, Gott) born 27 May 1950, in Rockford, 
Illinois. On 1 July 1978 he married Cynthia Beth Lightcap, born 
9 November 1955, in Rockford. 

Scott Owen Pratt6 (Marlene Johnson, Marie Thurow, 
Louise Ra, Augusta, Gott) born 18 October 1955, in Glendale, 
California. He graduated from University of Wisconsin, in 1978, 
and is enrolled at Willamette Law School, Salem, Oregon. 

Dawn Elizabeth Capellani6 (Peter Capellani, Irene Ra, 
Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) born 3 March 1960, in Chicago, Illinois. 
On 7 May 1977, in Chicago, she married Daniel Keith Davidson, 
born 27 February 1956, son of Donald and Mary Jane Davidson. 
They have a daughter, born in Arlington Heights, Illinois. 

Rachel Marie Davidson, born 2 August 1977 



Epilogue 



In the quarry on Lime Kiln Hill from which Marcus Griepp 
has sold over a half million tons of crushed lime to neighbors in 
northeastern Wisconsin, his daughter Jeanette has found fossils; 
the prints of their tiny intricate skeletons laid down millions of 
years ago, when this range of hills was once sea bottom. How 
humbling it is to reflect that these billions of tiny creatures, in 
the form of essential nonperishable matter, have now been trans- 
ported into a fifty-mile radius of the site of their death to be 
used to enrich the soil and thus to feed people living today! Life 
in all its forms goes on, often with blind persistence. It does not 
perish. 

That is life on its simplest level. But there is in the human 
condition another level, on a far higher plane. It is that level of 
aspiration, of dreams, of insights, of understanding. The history 
of man is the story of that drive; to imagine, then to discover; 
to dream, then to materialize that dream; to see with the mind, 
then to make real with the hand; to aspire, then to build to that 
height; to be gripped by an idea whose time has come, then to 
grasp the present opportunity to bring that idea into fruition. 

In microcosm, this genealogy is that human story. It is dimly 
seen and hinted at in hundreds of short lines in these pages. 
Here you have met: Artisans, who fashioned clay into brick, rock 
into mortar, trees into lumber and furniture, steel into tools and 
appliances, petroleum into driveways and fuel; Builders who have 
taken the artisans' products and fabricated them into homes and 
shops, railroads and highways; Clergymen who have lifted our 
spirits to make contact with the Divine and made us more fit to 
live with our neighbors; Doctors healing our ills and lengthening 
our lives; Engineers applying scientific knowledge to make the 

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twentieth century work; Farmers working to feed mankind, apply- 
ing their skills to produce more food on less land; Homemakers 
who cared for and nurtured the 1,058 children born in these six 
generations, who, tracing the first Wilhelmine's pattern, kept house 
with "angelic skilT'; Lawyers solving our problems and settling 
our disputes; Managers motivating men and promoting businesses; 
Nurses caring for and ministering to the ill and injured; Salesmen 
introducing us to homes or insurance or all the new products; 
Teachers preparing us for life while broadening our perceptions. 
You have seen the baker and butcher, barber and beautician, 
bartender and hostess, bookkeeper and banker, the chemist and 
the inventor, the lumberjack and the cowboy, the model and the 
mortician, the soldier and the public servant, the technician and 
tradesman — and all the rest of them, from the veterinarian and 
the writer, back to the artist. 

These are the people of this book, scattered over thirty-seven 
states of the Union and three foreign countries. They all have 
worth; they fill a niche, and they all have in common a few 
genes inherited from Gottfried and Wilhelmine. They were worthy 
of the faith of the immigrant! 



Appendix 

The Related Griep Family 
in Germany 

In genealogy, the first generation to arrive in the United States 
is usually designated number 1. Any generations further back in 
time are designated — 2, — 3, and so on. None is designated — 1; 
hence, Christian Griep is — 3, and Johan Griep is — 2. 

Christian Griep — 3 born in 1735, Pommern. Had a son. 

Johan Griep, born ca. 1760 



Johan Griep — 2 born 1760, Pommern. He had at least two 
sons, both born near Schivelbein, on the Rega River. 

Wilhelm Griep, born ca. 1790 
Gottfried Griep, born ca. 1800 



THE FIRST GENERATION 

Wilhelm GriepI born 1790. He was a life-tenant farmer at 
Balzdrey, a small village near Schivelbein, Pommern. He had 
four sons. 

209 



210 Appendix 

Johann Friedrich Ferdinand Griep, born ca. 1817 Balzdrey 

Fritz Griep, born ca. 1821 

Johan Gottlieb Griep, born 29 August 1823, Jarchlin, Pom- 

mern 
Karl Griep, born 1828, Jarchlin, Pommern 

Gottfried GriepI born ca. 1800. Married Wilhelmine Muel- 
ler, born 20 October 1813. This couple is the progenitor of the 
Griepp family in the United States listed in this book. 



THE SECOND GENERATION 

Johann Friedrich Ferdinand Griep2 (Wilhelm) born 1817, 
Balzdrey. On 2 February 1839, at Klein-Reichow he married 
Karoline Wilhelmine Friederike Ziemer, born 30 March 1817, 
daughter of Gottfried E. and Charlotte W. Diebel Ziemer. He was 
a farm owner at Neuhof. 1 

Fritz Griep2 (Wilhelm) born 1821; died 1907, Stettin, 
Pommern. 

Johan Gottlieb Griep2 (Wilhelm) born 29 August 1823, 
Jarchlin, Pommern. He married Caroline Pribnow, born 3 July 
1834, at Breitenfelde, Krs. Naugard, Pommern. They had four 
children. 

August Wilhelm Ludwig Griep, born 23 November 1854, 

Zowen, Krs. Regenwalde 
Karl Griep, born 6 March 1857 
Berta Griep 
Albert Wilhelm Karl Griep, born 12 March 1864, Jarchlin, 

Krs. Naugard 

Weutsches Geschlechter Buch (DGB), vol. 90 (Gorlitz, Germany: 
C. A. Starke, 1936), p. 643. This set of 175 volumes, published in Germany 
over several years, is available in the Los Angeles Public Library, the 
LDS library in SLC, the Newberry in Chicago, the Library of Congress, 
and the New York Public Library. 



Appendix 211 

Karl Griep2 (Wilhelm) born 1828, Jarchlin, Pommern. He 
had eight children. 

Anna Griep, born 1865; wed a Brandenberg 

Otto Griep, born 2 March 1867, Jarchlin, Pommern 

Robert Griep, born 23 February 1870, Leoshof, Krs. Regen- 

walde 
Berta Griep 
Gustav Griep 
Richard Griep 
Herman Griep 
Emil Griep 



THE THIRD GENERATION 

August Wilhelm Ludwig Griep3 (Johan, Wilhelm) born 
23 November 1854, Zowen, Kreis Regenwalde; baptized in the 
Evangelical Lutheran Church, Zimmerhausen, 30 November 1854. 
On 31 January 1889 he married Anna Augusta Luise Bonning, 
born 18 June 1861, daughter of Carl W. and Christine L. Jonas 
Bonning. They had five children. 

Willie Griep, born ca. 1890 

Walter Griep, born 27 January 1892, lived in Nauemberg 

Arnold Griep, born ca. 1894; died a PW in Smolensk, Russia, 

1943 
Carl Fritz Griep, born 9 January 1896, Leitzow bei Plathe 
Gerhard Ernst Erich Griep, born 9 June 1904, Leitzow bei 

Plathe 

August had a hardware and feed store in Plathe, Pommern. He 
died 27 July 1913; his wife died in March 1945. 

Karl Griep3 (Johan, Wilhelm) born 6 March 1857. He 
married Anna Bucholtz, born 14 October 1860, and they had 
four children. 



212 Appendix 

Johannes Griep, born 2 March 1889, Jarchlin, Pommern 
Emil Gricp, born 1891, died in childhood 
Meta Griep, born 1894, wed Blodern; lives in the DDR 
Helmut Griep, born 1 April 1901 

Karl died 4 January 1925. 

Albert Wilhelm Karl Griep3 (Johan, Wilhelm) born 12 
March 1864. He acquired a farm in Schwerin, Krs. Regenwalde, 
in 1892. On 28 June 1893, at Reckow, he married Ida Dallmann, 
born 26 October 1868, at Reckow, Krs. Regenwalde, daughter 
of Ernst and Emilie K. F. Kroning Dallmann. They had six 
children, all born in Schwerin. 2 



Arthur Griep, born 18 November 1895; died at Verdun, 

France, July 1916 
Bernhard Wilhelm Albert Griep, born 7 March 1898 
Martha Griep, born 26 June 1899 
Meta Griep, born 14 May 1901 
Erna Griep, born 2 April 1903 
Elsbeth Griep, born 21 June 1908 



Albert died 27 April 1936, at Schwerin; his wife, Ida, died 3 
January 1959, at Rantrum, Krs. Husum, West Germany. Her 
gravestone is in the Rantrum Cemetery. 

It is of interest in reference to the death of Arthur Griep 
above at Verdun, and so tragic, to note that the Albert Griepp 
who emigrated to the United States had two sons engaged in the 
Allied side of World War I; an Arthur Griepp in the U.S. Navy, 
and Rudolph, who fought not far from Verdun, in 1918, and 
came under gas attack. Perhaps Marlowe's lines are appropriate: 



2 Deutsches Familien Archiv (DFA), vol. 28 (Mittelfranken, Germany: 
Neustadt an der Aisch, 1965), pp. 153-61. This set of over 100 volumes, 
is available at the LDS library, Newberry, and Library of Congress. Pub- 
lished in Germany, in modern German type. 



Appendix 213 

a heavy case 

When force to force is knit, and sword and lance 

In civil broils make kin and countrymen 

Slaughter themselves in others, . . . 

. . . But what's the help? 

Misgoverned kings are cause of all this wrack. 3 



Otto Griep3 (Karl, Wilhelm) born 2 March 1867, Jarchlin, 
Krs. Naugard. He married Wilhelmine Ganzkow, born 16 April 
1872. They had four children. 

Kurt Griep, born 20 October 1890, Berlin 
Elsa Griep, born 22 November 1895, Stettin 
Erich Griep, born 29 July 1900; died in the DDR 
Fritz Griep, born 22 December 1910 

Robert Griep3 (Karl, Wilhelm) born 23 February 1870, 
Leoshof, Krs. Regenwalde. On 21 August 1903, at Kerstin, Krs. 
Kolberg, he married Marie Loock, born 26 September 1875. 
They had three children. 

Bruno Griep, born 1 December 1904; died 1931, in a motor- 
cycle accident 
Walter Griep, born 17 September 1906 
Werner Griep, born 13 April 1910 

Robert died at age sixty-two, in 1932. 



Berta Griep3 (Karl, Wilhelm) married Radloff, 

and had two children. 

Herta Radloff, not married; died in the DDR 
Walter Radloff, died in 1942 

3 Christopher Marlowe, Edward the Second, act 4, scene 4, lines 4-9. 



214 Appendix 

THE FOURTH GENERATION 

Carl Fritz Griep4 (August, Johan, Wilhelm) born 9 Jan- 
uary 1 896, at Leitzow bei Plathe. He was wounded in World 
War I. On 23 October 1920, at home, he was wed to Angelika 
Borner, born 10 September 1898, in Hindenburg, Ober Silesia, 
daughter of Josef and Maria Kleinert Borner. They have one son. 

Lothar Griep, born 19 January 1922, Plathe 

Angelika died of cancer, 9 May 1971. Carl lives in an Altenheim, 
near Essen, where I visited him on 2 July 1979. Walking into a 
ward of four older men, I easily recognized him as a Griep, from 
his close resemblance to my uncle Gust Griepp. Carl took over 
his father's business in Plathe and operated it until March of 1945. 

Gerhard Ernst Erich Griep4 (August, Johan, Wilhelm) 
born 9 June 1904, at Leitzow bei Plathe. On 9 December 1929, 
in Plathe, he married Johanna Anna Auguste Paape, born 16 
January 1906, in Plathe, daughter of Johann Gust Ferd. and 
Anna M. L. Pollesch Paape. They have two children. 

Brigitte Griep, born 14 March 1932, Plathe 
Klaus Griep, born 5 May 1939, Plathe 

Gerhard was a land inspector in Plathe until March 1945, a 
position similar to a county agent in United States. After the war 
he located in Bremerhaven, where he worked for the U.S. Army 
Quartermaster Corps, matching U.S. troop supply needs with 
available shipping space. He is now retired; he and Johanna have 
a fine apartment in Bremerhaven, where I enjoyed a lovely visit 
with them 3 July 1979. 

Johannes Griep4 (Karl, Johan, Wilhelm) born 2 March 
1889, Jarchlin, Krs. Naugard. He owned a 25-hectare (62.5 
acres) farm near Jarchlin. On 27 May 1923, at Farbezin, he 



Appendix 215 

married Anna Hornburg, born 4 November 1895, at Farbezin, 
Krs. Naugard. They have four children, all born at Jarchlin. 



Gunther Griep, born 4 January 1925 (same day his grand- 
father Karl died) 
Anneliese Griep, born 26 May 1926 
Elsbeth Griep, born 28 April 1929 
Hans Griep, born 28 August 1931 

Anna H. Griep died 5 March 1973. Johannes lives in a suburb 
of Stuttgart. 

Helmut Griep4 (Karl, Johan, Wilhelm) born 1 April 1901. 
He was a farmer in Bernhagen, Krs. Naugard. On 20 January 
1930, at Reckow, Krs. Regenwalde, he married Erna Dallmann, 
born 6 November 1908, in Reckow, daughter of August W. 
Friedrich and Alwine E. K. Uckermann Dallmann. They had 
two children who died at birth. Erna died 20 September 1960 at 
Lubeck; Helmut died 18 September 1978, at Heilshoop, bei 
Lubeck. 4 

Bernhard Wilhelm Albert Griep4 (Albert, Johan, Wil- 
helm) born 7 March 1898, at Schwerin, Krs. Regenwalde. He 
owned a farm at Schwerin. On 17 May 1929, at Geiglitz, Krs. 
Regenwalde, he married Elsbeth M. H. Klatt, born 6 August 
1901, at Geiglitz. They have seven children, the first six born 
in Schwerin, the last at Rantrum, Krs. Husum, where they settled 
at the end of World War II. 8 This is in the province of Schleswig- 
Holstein, not far from the Danish border. Storks nest on chimney 
tops in Rantrum. Here it has become fashionable, and expensive, 
to roof the homes with thatched reeds, offering both insulation 
and quaintness. 

*DFA, vol. 28, pp. 153, 160. 
Vbid., pp. 161, 170. 



216 Appendix 

Edith Griep, born 23 March 1930 

Renata Griep, born 21 November 1933 

Martin B. A. Griep, born 12 October 1936 

Hannelore Griep, born 19 November 1938 

Gunhild Griep, born 31 May 1941 

Elke Barbara Griep, born 19 November 1944; died 26 March 

1945 
Anni-Hedwig Griep, born 28 August 1949 

Bernhard has died; his widow, Elsbeth, owns her own large home 
in Rantrum. When I visited her family on 28 June 1979, she was 
happy and proud to show me her house and beautiful large 
garden. She typifies the West German recovery: In 1945 she 
and her husband left their home in Pommern with nothing but 
personal articles; in 1979 the house she owns is valued at almost 
$100,000. 

Martha Griep4 (Albert, Johan, Wilhelm) born 26 June 
1899, Schwerin, Krs. Regenwalde. She married Karl Utech, from 
Zulsfitz. The couple lived in Labes, also on the Rega River, 
Pommern. Martha died 25 March 1946, at Rantrum, Kreis 
Husum. 

Meta Griep4 (Albert, Johan, Wilhelm) born 14 May 1901, 

Schwerin. She married Stabner, in Barwalde, Pommern. 

In 1963 she was living in Hohenstein, Krs. Oldenburg, in Hol- 
stein. 7 

Erna Griep4 (Albert, Johan, Wilhelm) born 2 April 1903, 
Schwerin. She wed Hermann Magdanz, a farmer in Schwerin 
who died July 1945. Erna died 9 January 1937. 

Elsbeth Griep4 (Albert, Johan, Wilhelm) born 21 June 

1908, Schwerin. She married Kanitz. The couple lived 

in Stettin until 1945; in 1963 they were living in Flensburg, 
Holstein. 

eibid., p. 161. 
'Ibid. 



Appendix 217 

Elsa Griep4 (Otto, Karl, Wilhelm) born 22 November 
1895, Stettin. She married Kurt Laufer, and they have two sons. 

Gunthcr Laufer, born 13 June 1923 

Ulrich Laufer, born 24 December 1926; died 1944, at Monte 
Cassino 

Elsa lives near Stuttgart. In a phone conversation I had with her 
on 1 July 1979, she gave me information on the Griep family 
and confirmed most of that from Annelicse Griep. 



Walter Griep4 (Robert, Karl, Wilhelm) born 17 September 
1906. He married and has two daughters living in the DDR, and 
a son in West Germany. 

Werner Griep4 (Robert, Karl, Wilhelm) born 13 April 
1910. On 19 October 1947 he married Elfrieda Stuckle, born 
26 March 1925, in Stuttgart. They have two children, both born 
in Urach. 

Adelheid Griep, born 3 March 1949 
Wolfgang Griep, born 19 July 1950 



THE FIFTH GENERATION 

Lothar Griep5 (Carl, August, Johan, Wilhelm) born 19 

January 1922, Plathe. He married Nolte, and has a 

daughter. 

Gundula Griep 

Brigitte Griep5 (Gerhard, August, Johan, Wilhelm) born 
14 March 1932, Plathe. She married Erich Werner, born 30 
December 1937. He is a police officer in Hamburg, Germany. 



218 Appendix 

Klaus Griep5 (Gerhard, August, Johan, Wilhelm) born 5 
May 1939, Plathe. He is an engineer, employed by the city of 
Bremerhaven, and has 2 daughters. 

Christina Griep 
Stephanie Griep 

Gunther Griep5 (Johannes, Karl, Johan, Wilhelm) born 
4 January 1925, Jarchlin. He is married to Gisele Hofmeister, 
and has two children. He is an agronomist, a planner for 2,000 
hectares, and lives in the DDR. 

Anneliese Griep5 (Johannes, Karl, Johan, Wilhelm) born 
26 May 1926, Jarchlin, Pommern. This is my good informant 
mentioned on page xvi. 

Elsbeth Griep5 (Johannes, Karl, Johan, Wilhelm) born 28 
April 1929, Jarchlin. In March 1957 she married Egon Platte, 
born 4 August 1934; they have three children. 

Olaf Platte 

Ilona Platte, died at age 7 

Dirk Platte, born 2 April 1965 

Egon Platte died 2 July 1977. Elsbeth with her two sons lives 
in the DDR. 

Hans Griep5 (Johannes, Karl, Johan, Wilhelm) born 28 
August 1931, Jarchlin. In December 1955 he married Gisela 
Krause, born 10 February 1934, in Pommern. They have three 
sons. 

Hans Jurgen Griep, born 27 March 1957, Stuttgart 
Thomas Griep, born 17 March 1962 
Matthias Griep, born 20 January 1966 

Hans teaches gardening arts to the mentally retarded, in Stuttgart. 



Appendix 219 

Edith Griep5 (Bernhard, Albert, Johan, Wilhelm) born 23 
March 1930, Schwerin. She married Hans Schlossbauer, and 
they have a daughter. 

Regina Schlossbauer, born 11 October 1954, Mildstedt, Krs. 
Husum 

Renata Griep5 (Bernhard, Albert, Johan, Wilhelm) born 
21 November 1933, Schwerin. She married Walter Klaest, of 
Leitzow bei Plathe. They have two children. 

Angela Klaest, born 31 July 1957 
Christian Klaest, born 21 December 1963 



Martin Bernhard Richard Griep5 (Bernhard, Albert, 
Johan, Wilhelm) born 12 October 1936, Schwerin. On 5 June 
1965, at Mildstedt/Schobull a. d. Nordsee, he married Karin 
Else Meta Reimann, born 11 December 1942, at Swinemunde, 
Krs. Usedom-Wollin, daughter of Boris W. and Christol Heids- 
mann Reimann. Martin is a ship's engineer and travels the 
world's sea routes. He and Karin have three children. 

Dietlinde Griep, born 23 July 1968, Neuss am Rhein 
Kirsten Elke Griep, born 7 May 1971, Leverkusen-Schl. a. 

Rhein 
Reinhard Martin Bernhard B. Griep, born 5 September 1975, 

Dusseldorf 

Gunhild Griep5 (Bernhard, Albert, Johan, Wilhelm) born 
31 May 1941, Schwerin. She is a dietician in the Evangelical 
Hospital in Wesel-Niederrhein. In Rantrum she married Ottfried 
Pollmann, of Wesel-Obrighoven. 



Anni-Hedwig Griep5 (Bernhard, Albert, Johan, Wilhelm) 
born 28 August 1949, Rantrum. She wed Dieter Rothe, of 
Kisdorf-Holstein, and has two sons. 



220 Appendix 

Niels Ncls Rothe, born 1 October 1973 
Mike Rothe, born 15 February 1911 s 

Gunther Laufer5 (Elsa, Otto, Karl, Wilhelm) born 13 
June 1923. He is an engineer, employed by Siemens. He is 
married and has three sons. 

Andreas Laufer, a law student in Munich 
Martin Laufer, a dental technician 
Christian Laufer, born ca. 1960 



THE SIXTH GENERATION 

Regina Schlossbauer6 (Edith, Bernhard, Albert, Johan, 
Wilhelm) born 11 October 1954. On 1 April 1976, she married 
Hans George Borgwardt, born October 24. 



NOTE: DDR is the Deutsche Democratic Republik, or East Germany; 
Krs. or Kreis, is equivalent to an American county; bei, as in Leitzow bei 
Plathe, indicates that Leitzow is under the administration of the larger 
city Plathe. 



8 Most of the data on the children of Bernhard Griep is from the DFA, 
vol. 28, p. 170. 



Ind 



ex 



Aadland: Craig, 76; Dale, 76; Jason, 
137; Mark, 76, 138; Marlow, 76, 
137; Marvin, 76; Naomi, 76, 138 

Abendroth: Arthur, 35, 62; Barbara, 
63, 124; Bette, 63, 123; Carol, 63, 
123; Dorothy, 35, 63; Edward, 
34; Elfie, 35, 62; Elmer, 34, 62; 
Esther, 35, 63; Faye, 63, 123; 
Henry, 34, 61; Jerry, 63, 124; 
Mildred, 62, 120; Shirley, 62, 120; 
Susan, 63, 124; Thomas, 63, 124 

Adolph, Marjorie, 73 

Alley. Mary, 134 

Althoff: Dennis, 128; Gwendolyn, 
128; Nicholas, 128; Rebecca, 128 

Anderson: Esther, 57; Gary, 161; 
Karin, 166 

Alvarez, Silvia, 192 

Andreae, Beth, 203 

Armstrong, Victoria, 72 

Arseth, Jennie, 58 

Axelson: Becky, 147; James, 147; 
Laurie, 147; Ward, 147 

Backer, Joanne, 203 

Backus: Amanda, 201; Barry, 155, 

202; Henry, 155; Ronald, 155, 

201; Vickie, 155, 202 
Badalamente: David, 111; David D., 

Ill; Gail, 111; Keith, 111; Keven, 

111; Tia, 111 
Bardouche, Ethel, 149 
Bascombe: James, 125; James, Jr., 

125; Lorren, 125 
Bassett, Maryjane, 110 



Bassuk, Nell, 142 

Beagle, Bernadine, 107 

Beelen, Dorothy, 108 

Beer, Michele, 124 

Behm, Esther, 78 

Bellis, Cindy, 201 

Bel/., Florence, 91 

Benson, Ardyth, 145 

Benter: Ernest, 92; Nanette, 92, 

162; Richard, 92 
Bentz, Richard, 155 
Bergstrom, Martha, 107 
Berkovitz: Kenny, 116; Michael. 

1 16; Zachary, 1 16 
Bert: Jacqueline, 179; James, 179; 

Janet. 103, 179; Walter, 103. 179; 

Walter, Jr., 103 
Bilke, Diane, 200 
Bimm: Alvin, 99. 172; Oscar, 99; 

Oscar, Jr., 99, 172; Steven, 172, 

205; Suzanne, 172, 205: William, 

99 
Bjurlin. Linda, 115 
Bleck: Bertha, 46; Helena. 84 
Bleser: Albert, 143, 193; Earl A., 

143; Earl D., 143, 194; Heidi, 

194; Jonathan, 194; Judith, 143, 

193 
Bliese: Darlene, 94; Dwayn. 166: 

Ervin, 48, 95; George, 48, 95; 

James, 165; Jerry, 94; John, 165: 

Karl. 48, 93: Karl H.. 165, 204: 

Laurie, 94; Lenora, 48, 94; 

Lorraine. 94, 164; Marilyn, 95, 

166; Pamella, 166; Richard, 165, 



221 



222 



Index 



204; Ronald, 95, 166; Steven, 166; 

Walter, 48, 94; Walter, Jr., 94; 

William J., 48; William M., 94, 165 
Boese, Barbara, 132 
Bolhouse, Verna, 70 
Bonning, Anna, 211 
Bonow, Daniel, 160 
Borgwardt, Hans, 220 
Borner, Angelika, 214 
Botstein, Eva, 117 
Boyce, Deborah, 190 
Boysen, Charlene, 135 
Braatz: Angie, 190; Connie, 189; 

Danny, 189; David, 189; Lee F., 

189; Lee Terrance, 189; Lee 

Thomas, 189; Roseanna, 140, 189; 

Shelly, 189; Terrance, 140, 189; 

Thomas, 140; Thomas, Jr., 140, 

189; Wayne, 140, 190; Wendy, 

140, 190 
Brady, John, 138 
Brinkman, Betty, 74 
Brockman, Mary, 186 
Brothwell: Charles, 157; James, 157; 

John, 157 
Bruns, Ferdinand, 164 
Brunz: Caleb, 171; Jared, 171; 

Jessica, 171; Jonas, 171; Robert, 

171; Shanna, 171; Zadok, 171 
Bucholz, Anna, 211 
Buck: Donald, 120; Lynn, 120; 

Marcella, 120; Theresa, 120 
Bue: Philip, 179; Philip, Jr., 179; 

Susan, 179 
Buettner, Nina, 205 
Burns: James, 128; William, 161 
Burr, Marilyn, 135 
Burroughs, James, 66 
Buss: Earl, 80; Esther, 62; Rochelle, 

164 
Butler: Donald, 120; Sharon, 120 
Butz, Wanda, 73 

Caldwell: Britt, 199; Eric, 199; Karl, 
199; Robert, 199 



Capellani: Dawn, 178, 206; Don, 

102, 178; Don, Jr., 178; Donna, 

178; Kelly, 178; Pamela, 178; 

Peter, 102; Peter, Jr., 102, 177; 

Peter III, 178 
Carlson: Bruce, 193; Sarah, 193 
Chapin: Glen, 188; Renae, 188; 

Wesley, 188 
Chartier: Bruce, 150; Derald, 150; 

Diane, 150; Douglas, 150 
Christensen, Norma, 197 
Christiansen: Chris, 129; Eric, 129; 

Jeffrey, 129; Steven, 129 
Christie, Mary, 150 
Ciriacks, Cora, 101 
Claudy, Violet, 67 
Coenen: Gary, 191; Melissa, 191 
Cole: Christine, 163; John, 163; 

Kenneth, 163; Marion, 163 
Collins: Quinn, 197; Robbie, 197; 

Ronald, 197; Ronnie, 197 
Congelliere, Ann, 77 
Connor, John, 200 
Covert: Alfred, 127; Alicia, 127 
Craig: Donald, 158; Kevin, 158, 

203; Phyllis, 158, 203; Robert, 157 
Crowder, Dorothy, 90 
Cruff, Amherst, 37 
Cruse: Andrea, 185; Charles, 184 

Dallmann: Erna, 215; Ida, 212 

Darms: Elaine, 78, 142; Lorraine, 
78; Newton, 78 

Darrow, Martha, 43 

Davidson: Daniel, 206; Rachel, 206 

Debban: Adrienne, 42; Albert, 56; 
Barbara, 77, 138; Byron, 76, 138; 
Carla, 77, 139; Denise, 110; 
Dennis, 56; Gerald, 56; Jorden, 
42, 76; Judy, 76, 138; Marlin, 56, 
110; Marlowe, 42, 77; Pamela, 
110; William, 42; Yvonne, 77, 
139 

DeGroat, Sally, 144 

DeNamur, Mercedes, 65 



Index 



223 



DeWitt, Jane, 91 

Dietrich: Gerald, 89, 159; Maxine, 

89; William, 89; Zola, 89, 159 
Dimmer, Jayne, 196 
Dolan, Wallis, 191 
Drexler, Helen, 122 
Dunnavent, Margaret, 42 

Eaton, Zenith, 88 

Ebban: Andrew, 122; Barbara, 122, 

186; Carl, 121; Clifford, 122, 186; 

Daniel, 122; Eric, 122; James, 

186; Margaret, 122; Nancy, 122; 

Stephen, 122; Thomas, 122; 

Timothy, 122 
Edwards: Elizabeth, 165; Raymond, 

165 
Ekanger: Talmage, 131; Theodore, 

131 
Elmslie, Dorothy, 65 
Elwell: Frederick, 180; Michelle, 

180; Steven, 180; Thomas, 180 
Elwood, Beulah, 85 
Erdman, Robert, 200 
Erickson: Amanda, 201; Eric, 201; 

Eric, Jr., 201; LoAnn, 84, 150; 

Philip, 83; Susan, 84, 150 
Evan: Joseph, 166; Joseph F., 167; 

Lynn, 167 
Evancheck, Phyllis, 153 
Evearts, Mary, 162 
Everhart, John, 132 

Faust: Bonny, 103, 180; Caroline, 
103, 180; David, 180; Ken, 103 
Larry, 180; Linda, 103, 180 
Patrick, 180; Robert, 103, 179 
Robert, Jr., 180 

Fields, Brian, 139 

Fleck: Amy, 206; Andrew, 206; Jay, 
206; John, 206 

Flensling, Maria, 15 

Flovick: Robert, 124; Thomas, 124 

Flynn: Michael, 195; Michael III, 
195 



Foss: Pamela, 123; Sheryl, 123; 

Steven, 123; William, 123 
Frank, Linda, 186 
Frantzmann: Elizabeth, 170; 

Thomas, 170; Thomas B., 170 
Franz, Jean, 147 
Frea, Dennis, 150 
Fry, Caroline, 102 

Gage, Todd, 185 

Galle: George, 160; Jesse, 161 

Gambell: Thomas, 156; Thomas, Jr., 
156 

Ganzkow, Wilhelmine, 213 

Gasiorowski: Carol, 102, 179; 
Deana, 178; Laura, 178; Shirley, 
102, 179; William, 102; William 
T., 102, 178 

Gerhardt: Adrienne, 142, 192; Ana, 
192; Andrea, 142, 193; Antoinette 
L., 142, 193; Antoinette S., 192; 
Emery, 142, 192; Eric, 142, 192; 
Michael, 193; Ryan, 193; William, 
142 

Gibson: Craig, 121; Dianne, 121; 
Emily, 185; James, 121; Judy, 121, 
185; Michael, 121, 185; Sandra, 
121, 186; Sharon, 121, 186; 
Theodore, 121 

Gloudemans: Andrew, 62; Charles, 
122; Christina, 122; David, 123 
Elfie, 62, 121; Elizabeth, 123 
James, 62, 122; James, Jr., 123 
John, 123; Joseph, 122; Julie, 123 
Lisa, 122; Richard, 62, 122; Ruth, 
62, 121; Thomas, 122 

Gomoll, Malvine, 44 

Gooch: David, 123; Paul, 123; 
Robert, 123 

Goodin, Ruth, 76 

Graunke: Johann, 15; Wilhelmine, 
14 

Graetz, Clarence, 60 

Grasse: John, 172; Nathan, 172 

Gretz, Paula, 189 



224 



Index 



Griep: Adelheid, 217; Albert W., 

210, 212; Anna, 211; Anneliese, 
xi, xvi, 215, 218; Anni-Hedwig, 
216, 219; Arnold, 211; Arthur, 
212; August, 210, 211; Bernhard, 
212, 215; Berta, 211, 213; Brigitte, 
214, 217; Bruno, 213; Carl, 211, 
214; Christian, xvii, 209; Chris- 
tina, 218; Dietlinde, 219; Edith, 
216, 219; Elke, 216; Elsa, 213, 
217; Elsbeth (b. 1908), 212, 216; 
Elsbeth (b. 1929), 215, 218; Emil, 

211, 212; Erich, 213; Erna, 

212, 216; Fritz, 210, 213; Ger- 
hard, 211, 214; Gottfried, xv, 
xvii, xxi, 1, 2, 26, 209, 210; 
Gundula, 217; Gunhild, 216, 219; 
Gustav, 211; Hannelore, 216; 
Hans, 215, 218; Hans, Jr., 218; 
Helmut, 212, 215; Herman, 211; 
Hermann, 2, 13; Johan, x, xvii, 
209; Johan G., 210; Johann, 210; 
Johannes, xvi, 212, 214; Karl, 210, 
211; Kirsten, 219; Klaus, 214, 218; 
Kurt, 213; Lothar, 214, 217; 
Martha, 212, 216; Martin, 216, 
219; Matthias, 218; Meta, 212, 
216; Otto, 211, 213; Renata, 216, 
219; Reinhard, 219; Richard, 211; 
Robert, 211, 213; Stephanie, 218; 
Thomas, 218; Walter (b. 1892), 
211; Walter (b. 1906), 213, 217; 
Werner, 213, 217; Wilhelm, xvii, 
209; Wolfgang, 217 

Griepp: Aaron, 39, 70; Albert, ix, 
xiv, xxi, 2, 7, 10, 13, 32; Albert 
R., 18, 36; Alice, 39, 73; Allen, 
39, 72; Amelia, xiv, 2, 8, 20; 
Angela, 113; Anna L., 68, 129; 
Anna R., 18, 39; Arden, 58, 114; 
Arthur, 11, 18, 26, 30, 38; Arthur 
A., 72; Augusta, 2, 8, 14, 21; 
Becky, 72, 132; Bertha, 33, 60; 
Bradley, 75; Carol, 70, 132; Chad, 



113; Charles, 41, 75; Cheryl A., 
72; Cheryl S., 114; Colleen, 61, 
119; Craig, 114; Crystal, 58, 114; 
Dale Conrad, 58, 1 14; Dale Curtis, 
70; Darrell A., 1 14; Darrell P., 57, 
113; David D., 39, 73; David K., 
112; Deborah, 72; Douglas A., 
70, 131; Douglas E., 112; Duane, 
56, 110; Edna, 33, 60; Edwin G., 
38, 67; Edwin H., 18; Elfie, 18; 
Elmer, 19, 26, 42; Elsie, 18, 38; 
Emma A., 33, 57; Emma M., 8, 
17, 31; Esther, xxi, 18, 26, 41; 
Ezra, 39, 70; Ferdinand, 2, 8, 14, 
19, 26, 36; Frank, 8, 17, 27, 31, 
34; Frank, Jr., 33, 59; Frederick, 
33, 61; Freedom, 112; Galen, 59, 
117; Galen M., 118; George, 43, 
77; Geraldine, 58, 113; Grace, 41, 
76; Gustave, 11, 18, 37; Heidi, 
115; Herbert, 33, 58; Irene, 33, 
55; James A., 39, 72; James B., 
72; James E., 43, 53, 77; Janice 
C, 61, 119; Janice E., 73, 133; 
January, 131; Jeanette, 58, 116, 
207; Jennifer, 184; Jillayne, 115; 
Jodi, 75; Joyce, 61, 119; Katherine, 
37, 67; Kathy, 73; Kenneth, 110, 
184; Kristy, 75; Larry, 73; Louise, 
17, 35; Luretta, 33; Marcella, 33, 
60; Marcus, 11, 33, 57, 207; 
Margaret, 33, 56; Marian, 39, 71; 
Marvel, 59, 118; Mary, 61, 119; 
Matthew, 115; Milton, 58, 116; 
Nancy, 68, 128; Natalie, 112; 
Nicole, 113; Noel, 41, 76; Olga, 
33, 56; Pamella, 73; Paul, 70, 
132; Phillip A., 39, 71; Phillip D., 

58, 115; Priscilla, 41, 75; Randall, 

59, 116; Reuben, 33, 57; Richard, 
70; Ritchy, 75; Roberta, 70, 130; 
Robyn, 75; Roger, 70, 131; 
Ronald, 61; Ronda, 61, 119; 
Rosalee, 110, 184; Rudolph, xiv, 



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xxii, 18, 26, 30, 40; Shirley, 58, 
116; Steven, 72; Tammy, 61 
Theresa, 61; Timothy F., 77 
Timothy P., 115; Troy, 115 
Victoria, 72; Violet, 70, 131 
Virgil, 57, 112; Wanda, 68, 128 
Weston, 112; Wilhelmine, 17, 34 
Wilma, 39, 71; Winston, 57, 112 

Gross: Douglas, 128; Tania, 129; 
Teresa, 129; Tiffany, 129 

Grosser Gretchen, 164, 204; Richard, 
164 

Grosskopf, Lura, 41 

Gudmundson: Dean, 113; Donald, 
113; Holly, 113, 184; Jennifer, 
113; Nicole, 113 

Hagberg: Albert, 94; Daniel, 166; 

John, 94, 166; Paul, 166; Shirley, 

94, 165; Steven, 166 
Halvorson: Aaron, 204; Gregory, 

203 
Hanover: John, 123; Leslie, 123; 

Roger, 123; Russell, 123 
Hardman, Alice, 187 
Harmann: Clifford, 149; Heidi, 149; 

Pamela, 149 
Harris: Amy, 135; Barton, 74, 134; 

Bernice, 136; Clinton, 40; Elaine, 

40, 74; Emerson, 40, 74; James, 

74, 135; John, 74, 135; Misty, 

136; Mona, 74; Rebecca, 74, 133; 

Sabrina, 136; Vern, v, 74, 133 
Hauch, Anna, 84 

Hawes: Louise, 57, 58; Muriel, 59 
Hawkey, Robert, 60 
Hazelton, Karen, 166 
Heider, Joan, 177 
Heise, Mary, 194 
Heiser, Francis, 97 
Helke, JoAnn, 198 
Henderson: Effie, 64; Nancy, 204 
Henke, Anna, 7, 14, 19 
Herlik, Carol, 108 



Herrin, Phillip, 193 

Hickman: Amanda, 192; John, 192 

Higgins, Violet, 100 

Hiller, Violet, 72 

Hintz: Abigail, 78, 141; Agnes, 47, 
91; Arlene, 47, 92; Arthur, 46, 90 
August, xiv, 17, 20, 31; Augusta 
20, 44; Barbara, 161; Benjamin 
44; Berneda, 44, 83; Betty, 80 
147; Charles, 20, 37, 46; Christine 
149; Corey, 197; Dana, 150 
Daniel, 93, 164; Darwin, 147, 197 
Debra, 140; Diane, 91, 160 
Donald, 83, 149; Douglas, 147 
Edward, 20, 48; Elmer, 47 
Emmett, 47, 93; Esther B., 46 
89; Esther J., 78, 141; Evelyn, 78 
140; Everett, 78, 140; Evert, 47 
Ferdinand, 20, 44; Floyd, 46, 90 
Forest, 79; Frank, 20, 37, 45 
Frank E., 46, 90; Frank A., 90 
George, 81, 149; Gerald, 47 
Gerald L., 81, 148; Gerald, Jr. 
149; Gordon, 79, 146; Grace, 46 
89; Gustave, 20, 47; Harry, 47 
Harvey, 46, 90; Hazel, 78, 139 
Hedwig, 43, 78; Helen, 39, 43 
78; Henry, 44, 81; Howard, 80 
146; Jacqueline, 80, 147; James 
83; Jay, 91, 161; Jeffrey, 93, 164 
Johannes, 43, 53, 77; Joshua, 190 
Judith, 44; Julie, 91, 160; June 
81, 149; Junior, 46, 91; Karen 
90; Kay, 146, 195; Kenneth, 83 
Laurie, 150; La Verne, 46, 90 
Linda, 91, 161; Lisa, 149 
Lorraine, 79, 146; Lousene, 47 
92; Lynn, 83, 150; Margret, 44 
79; Mari, 149; Marsha, 161 
Martha, 41, 80; Mavis, 78, 140 
Melinda, 149; Melvine, 46, 89 
Michal, 140, 190; Michal, Jr., 190 
Michelle, 197; Ora, 44, 81 
Pamela, 147, 197; Phyllis, 79, 146 



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Rebecca, 149; Reuben, 44, 82; 

Robert, x, 20, 26, 43; Robert, Jr., 

44, 79; Robert L. (b. 1931), 80, 

147; Robert L. (b. 1962), 149; 

Ruth, 44, 80; Steven, 149; Susan, 

140; Thomas, 149; Timothy, 197; 

Tracey, 93; Walter, 44, 83; Walter 

F., 83, 149; Wanda, 147, 197; 

Warren, 47, 91; Wayne, 146, 195 
Hoffmann: Daniel, 169; David, 169; 

David, Jr., 169; Denise, 169 
Hofmeister: Carrie, 136; Clinton, 

136; Dennis, 136; Gisele, 218; 

Kevin, 136; Krista, 136 
Holl, Mary, 190 
Holmes, Edwin, 99 
Holmquist, Helen, 61 
Hook, Theresa, 178 
Hoppe: Erich, 162; Gerald, 162; 

Lousene, 162 
Hornburg, Anna, 215 
Hougardy: Adrian, 161; Richard, 

161 
Hovland, Alice, 70 
Howerton: Daniel, 144; William, 

144; William M., 144 
Hoy, Samuel, 75 
Hoyt, Arline, 143 
Hunter, Leslie, 164 

Jacobs: Cheryl, 172; Joan, 145 

Jahnke, Eleanor, 68 

James, Jean, 179 

Johnson: Arlene, 68; Arvid, 186; 
Audrey, 158; Barbara, 154; Carol, 
88, 158; Carolyn, 99, 172; Chris, 
89; David, 99; Hobart, 88; Joanne, 
126; Kathleen, 114; Leonard, 99; 
Lowell, 99; Marlene, 99, 173; 
Nancy, 89, 160; Nicole, 186; 
Shirley, 152 

Jones: Kendall, 192; Winifred, 192 

Jordan, Christine, 196 



Juedes, Bertha, 32, 34 
Jung, Ramona, 101 

Kadan: Derek, 138; Robert, 138 

Kadar, Richard, 124 

Kallies: Amy, 188; Christina, 187 
Cynthia, 187; Douglas, 139, 189 
Douglas, Jr., 189; Jim, 188 
Johnie, 139, 187; Karen, 139, 188 
Kathrine, 187; Lawrence, 139 
Leonard, 139, 187; Mariette, 139, 
188; Michael, 189; Toni, 189 

Karkowski, Anna, 163 

Kaul, Helen, 125 

Kempfer, Brenda, 195 

Keszler, Rodney, 132 

Kettering, Richard, 129 

Keyes: Jennifer, 160; Karen, 160; 
Leslie, 160; Myron, 160; Polly, 
160 

Kieselburg, Betty, 172 

Kinas, Marcella, 156 

Klaest: Angela, 219; Christian, 219; 
Walter, 219 

Klatt, Elsbeth, 215 

Kleeman, Ebba, 68 

Klein, Maryalyce, 98 

Klement: David, 57; Hyacinth, 57, 
111; Jonathan, 57, 111; Joseph, 
57; Scott, 111; Steven, 111 

Knight, Mary, 83 

Knudson: Richard, 159; Richard, 
Jr., 159 

Kobin, Dorothy, 86 

Kolbusz: Dennis, 190; Jennifer, 190 

Kordon, Lois, 184 

Krause: Gisela, 218; Oscar, 86 

Krueger: Alden, 84, 151; Alden G. 
151, 200; Alice, 45, 88; Alice P. 
86, 155; Angela, 200; Arthur, 45 
Arthye, 45, 87; Barbara, 85, 154 
Benjamin, 201; Brita, 154, 201 
Coel, 159; David, 153; Douglas, 



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154, 200; Elizabeth, 151, 199; 
Elmer, 30, 45, 84; Eric, 153; 
Esther, 45, 86; Harold, 30, 45, 86; 
Helen, 147; James, 85, 152; Jane, 
154, 200; Jess, 153; Jesse, 30, 45, 
85; Joan, 155; John, 85, 153; 
Jonathan, 153; Julie, 155; Karen, 
152; Kathryn, 154, 201; Kathy, 
152, 200; Keith, 84, 150; Kobin, 
86, 154; Lee, 85, 152; Marianne, 
88, 159; Mary, 152; Michael, 151; 
Nancy, 152; Nancy L., 151, 198; 
Ora, 45, 86; Paul, 45, 84; Paul 
G., 151; Paula, 152; Peter, 151 
199; Richard A., 151; Richard J. 
86, 155; Robert E., 85, 152 
Robert, Jr., 152; Shirley, 85, 151 
Stephen, 155; Steven, 152; Susan 
153; Thomas, 153; Virginia, 84 
William F., 45; William F., Jr. 
45, 88; William F. Ill, 88, 158 
William F. IV, 158; William E.. 
151, 200; William O., 154 

Kuehl, Marilyn, 1 1 1 

Kwiotkowski, Martin, 186 

Lambert: Charles, 146, 196; Chris, 

196; David, 196; Jennifer, 196; 

Lyle, 146; May, 196; Michelle, 

196; Richard, 146, 196; Sandra, 

146, 196; Sara, 196 
Larsen: Deborah, 71; Herman, 71; 

LaDonna, 71, 132; Linda, 71; 

Mark, 71; Patricia, 71, 132; 

Sandra, 71 
Larson: George, 196; Kelly, 196 
Laufer: Andreas, 220; Christian, 

220; Gunther, 217, 220; Kurt, 

217; Martin, 220; Ulrich, 217 
Laurent, Diane, 198 
Lavache: Pamela, 202; Robert, 202; 

Robert J., 202 
Lawrence: Gloria, 81, 148; Ward, 

81 



Lee, Nancy, 195 

Lein: Bentley, 114; Brenda, 114; 

Kim, 114, 185; Ronald, 114; 

Vicki, 114 
Lester: Dean, 127; Russell, 127 
Lichty: Ronald, 205; Ronald, Jr., 

205; Tracy, 205 
Liebich, Theresa, 100 
Liesener: Daniel, 97, 171; Greg, 

170; Jane, 97, 170; Joel, 170; 

Katy, 170; Marcus, 97; Mark, 97, 

169; Mark, Jr., 170; Thomas, 97, 

170; Thomas W., 171 
Lightcap, Cynthia, 206 
Lindsay: Kathryn, 154; Lisa, 154; 

Marcia, 154; Robert, 154 
Linnan: Brian, 157; Buffy, 203; 

Carol, 157, 202; John, 157; John 

P., 157; Kate, 157; Kelley, 203; 

Linda, 157; Michael, 157, 202; 

Orien, 203; Sean, 203; Timothy, 

157, 203 
Livingston, Linda, 149 
Loesch: Anthony, 67; Shannon, 67 
Loock, Marie, 213 
Lorzell: Dana K., 184; Dana L., 

184 
Lugin, Mary, 19 
Lyons: Bill, 148; Karen, 148, 198 

Maedke, Laura, 83 

Malcom, Lily, 137 

Marquardt: Alice, 36, 66; Darcel, 
210; David, 65, 126; Dennis, 65, 
127; Edwin, 35, 64; Edwin G., 
65, 125; Fred, 31, 35; Fred A., 

35, 63; Gail, 65, 127; Genevieve, 

36, 67; Janice, 126; Joan, 65, 126; 
John, 126; Lawrence, 35, 65; 
Mary, 65, 127; Ruth, 36, 66; 
Steven, 126; Theodore, 36, 65; 
Thomas, 65 

Martin, Betty, 173 
Martinelli, Janet, 130 
Marvin, Marya, 113 



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Mastley: Jeffrey, 71, 132; Nancy, 
71, 132; Patrick, 71; Thomas, 71; 
Victor, 71 

Matasek: James, 168; JoAnn, 168; 
Loren, 167; Thomas, 168; Todd, 
168 

Mathwick, Johanna, 35 

Matravers, Marilyn, 155 

Maybury, Virga, 36 

McCabe, Hazel, 91 

McDonald: Chester S., 79; Chester, 
R., 79; 144; Chester A., 145 
Darcel, 145, 194; Dawn, 80, 148 
Denise, 145, 194; Donald, 145 
Gregor, 80, 148; James, 79, 145 
James J., 145, 195; Jon, 145 
195; Joseph, 145; Margret, 145 
Mark, 145; Martin, 145; Michael 
145; Norman, 80; Lisa, 144; Ora 
79, 143; Rebecca, 145; Robert H. 
79, 145; Robert L., 145, 195 
Ronald, 79, 144; Ronald, Jr., 144 
Sharon, 145, 195; Shirley, 79 
144; Steven, 145; Tammy, 145 
Terrynce, 144; Thomas, 145 

McGraw, Jean, 95 

McHugh, Sharon, 144 

Mcllraith: Earl, 87; Jack, 87, 156; 
Jay, 156; Jean, 87, 156; Joyce, 87, 
155; Melissa, 156; Michael, 156 

Mclntyre: Daniel, 127; Kristin, 130; 
Sarah, 127; Sidney, 126; Steven, 
129 

McKee, Martha, 199 

McKenna, Maxine, 187 

McRee, Sharon, 118 

Medearis, Susan, 174 

Mehlberg, June, 109 

Melchior: Gregory, 164; Jeffrey, 
163; Joseph, 93, 162; Kim, 163 
Mary, 93, 163; Michael, 163 
Patricia, 93, 164; Robert J., 163 
Robert W., 93; Sandra, 164 
Susan, 163; William, 93, 163 



Meyer: Beth, 201; Elizabeth, 201; 

Mike, 201 
Michaels: Brenda, 141; Robert, 141; 

Robert, Jr., 141 
Mickelson, William, 90 
Milan, Steven, 193 
Miller: Albert, 52; Curtis, 205; 

Dorothy, 52, 103; Gerald, 195; 

Harvey, 124; James, 198; James, 

Jr., 198; Kim, 194; Phyllis, 125; 

Roger, 183; Shelly, 205; Timothy, 

194 
Mills, Sharla, 132 
Mitchell, Nadine, 83 
Moerschel, Barbara, 168 
Moore: Angelia, 194; Thomas, 194 
Morin, Gloria, 136 
Mueller, Wilhelmine, xiii, xxi, 1, 

2, 3, 8, 14, 26, 210 
Muller, Marilee, 185 
Murdock: Frederick, 198; Fred III, 

199 

Neitzling: Adyn, 119; Kevin, 119 
Nelson: Ann, 162; Laura, 162; 

Ramona, 162 
Nemyo: Brett, 176; Laurie, 176; 

Randy, 176; Ron, 176; Todd, 176 
Newby, Robert, 183 
Nielson, Rosemary, 148 
Niemeyer: Christopher, 130; David, 

69, 130; Judith, 69, 130; Louis, 

69; Sandra, 69, 129; Valerie, 69 
Nienstedt: Brian, 150; Nedra, 150 
Nolan, Alan, 120 
Nork, Wendy, 171 
Northrup: Dionne, 180; James, 104, 

180; James D., 180; Lynn, 180; 

Merton, 103 

Oberg, Shirley, 165 
O'Connell, Kathy, 190 
Oemichen, Peter, 175 
Olson: Arlen, 68; Arno, 38, 69; 
Edna, 38; Harris, 38, 69; Iris, 38, 



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69; Janet A., 68, 129; Janet J., 

114; Leslie, 38, 68; Oscar, 38; 

Richard, 69, 129; Robert, 38, 68; 

Shirley, 68; Steven, 204 
Owen, Sandra, 197 
Owens, Linda, 77 

Paape, Johanna, 214 

Paddock, Marian, 65 

Parcell: David, 202; Edward, 202; 

John, 202; Melissa, 202 
Patterson: Amy, 191; Beverly, 141, 

191; David, 141, 190; James, 141; 

James C, 191 
Payne, John, 132 
Pearson, Lynn, 137 
Pehlke, Alma, 79 
Peters: Dale, 109; Darrin, 109; 

David, 109, 183; Debra, 109; 

Diana, 109, 184; Douglas, 56, 

109; Douglas L., 109; Fred, 56, 

109; Joshua, 184; Kristine, 109; 

Marlene, 56; Robert, 56 
Peterson, Charlotte, 81 
Phillipi: Bonnie, 146, 196; Boyd, 

146; Deborah, 146; Joseph, 146 
Pickener, Claire, 153 
Piencikowski: Heidi, 188; Joseph, 

188; Joseph S., 188; Paul, 188 
Platte: Dirk, 218; Egon, 218; Ilona, 

218; Olaf, 218 
Pohlmann, Gertrude, 34 
Poutre, Delores, 103 
Poweleit: Diana, 167, 205; Fred, Jr., 

95, 96; Georgette, 167; Gina, 167; 

Linda, 167, 205; Merle M., 95, 

167; Merle P., 167; Myron, 95; 

Wayne, 95, 167 
Powell: Bradley, 173; Ralph, 173; 

Ralph, Jr., 173, 206; Sandra, 173, 

205 
Pratt: Donald, 173; Janice, 173; 

Ross, 173; Scott, 173, 206 



Pribnow, Caroline, 210 

Prouse: Edward, 121, 185; Forbes, 
120; Gary, 185; Jamie, 185; John, 
185; Kathleen, 121; Thomas, 121; 
Timothy, 121, 185; Tina, 185 

Prudhome, Sharon, 189 

Purcell, Mary, 200 

Radloff: Herta, 213; Walter, 213 

Ragagli, Carole, 178 

Raley, Susan, 189 

Rathke: Albert, xxii, 23; Allyson, 
172; Andrea, 98; Angela, 177 
Anna, 22; Augusta, 22; Bernice 
51, 102; Bertha, 8, 22; Brenda 
98; Bryan, 98, 172; Carl, 8, 10 
21; Charles, 103; Claudia, 98 
Derold, 96, 168; Diana, 103 
Dorothy, 51, 103; Edna, 51 
Edward, 22; Eleanor, 49, 96 
Ellyn, 98, 172; Emilie, 23, 48 
Emma, 23, 52; Eric, 169; Esther 
49, 97; Ferdinand, 22; Gail, 103 
Gay, 168; George, 49, 96; George 
Jr., 96, 168; Gerda, 49, 97; Heidi 
168; Helen, 23, 51; Hildegarde 
49, 97; Ida, 23, 50; Irene, 51, 102 
Jennifer, 98; Jordan, 98; Kristin 
168; Lauralyn, 98, 171; Linda 
49, 95; Louise, 23, 49; Megan 
172; Otto, 23, 51; Otto, Jr., 51 
Paul, 51, 102; Paul R., 177 
Phyllis, 102, 177; Richard, 102 
177; Robert, 51, 103; Robin, 168 
Sandra, 96, 169; Susan, 96, 169 
Thekla, 49; Virginia, 51, 103 
Walter, 49, 98; Wilhelm, 22 

Rawlins, Mary, 176 

Ray, Kathryn, 174 

Reif, Suzanne, 131 

Reiman, Else, 219 

Reinke: Barbara, 108, 183; Gail, 
108; Gregory, 108; James, 55, 
108; Jason, 107; Karen, 108; 



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Lester, 55; Lester, Jr., 55, 107; 
Marian, 55, 106; Mark, 107; 
Marvin, 55, 107; Marvin, Jr., 

107, 183; Michael, 107; Pamela, 

108, 183; Terry, 108; Todd, 108 
Reiter, Margret, 168 

Renburg, Lois, 110 

Renna: Frank, 184; Michael, 184 

Riding: Chara, 177; Denise, 177; 
Gilbert, 177; James, 177 

Ritterbusch: Arthur, 50, 100; Carol 
101, 175; Cathy, 176; Charles 
101, 176; Corrie, 177; David 

100, 174; Dean, 100, 175 
Dennis, 101; Edward C, 50 
Edward K., 101, 176; Edward 
51, 101; James, 101; Jeflery, 176 
Karen, 101, 176; Karl, 51; Ken 
175; Kristin, 177; Lawrence, 51 
101; Lisa, 174; Matthew, 176 
Norman, 100, 174; Paul, 50, 100 
Raiford, 101, 175; Rosemary 

101, 175; Stanley, 100, 174 
Steven, 176; Susan, 177; Sylvia 
100, 175; Theodore, 176; Todd 
174 

Roberts, Elizabeth, 151 

Roberts, Shirley, 172 

Robertson: James, 197; Jimmy J., 
197 

Roderick, Lois, 172 

Rodriquez, Suzanne, 112 

Rogers: Carol, 75; Daniel, 74, 137; 
Deborah, 75; Gary, 74, 136; Joel, 
75; John, 74, 137; Kathryn, 74, 
136; Madonna, 74, 137; Mark, 
74; Mary, 74, 137; Michael, 74; 
Natalie, 136; Nathaniel, 136; 
Nicole, 136; Tami, 137; Theresa, 
75; Thomas, 74 

Roll, Mary, 95 

Rothe: Dieter, 219; Mike, 220; 
Niels, 220 



Rudebusch, Steve, 133 
Rupiper, Judith, 185 

Sampson, Mary, 46 

Salorio, Celia, 83 

Sattler, Barbara, 167 

Saunders, Leone, 69 

Schaper: Andrew, 183; Jennifer, 

183; Jonathan, 182 
Scheer: Ann, 106, 182; Irene, 106; 

John F., 106; John J., 106, 182; 

Madelyn, 106; Theodore, 106 
Schiffauer, Jim, 103 
Schirtz, Deborah, 194 
Schlossbauer: Hans, 219; Regina, 

219, 220 
Schlotte: Barbara, 73; Betsy, 73; 

Randall, 73, 133; Rodney, 73; 

Virgil, 73 
Schmalz, Jill, 185 
Schmelbach: Curtis, 175; Gary, 175; 

Wilfred, 175 
Schoen: Clifford, 60; Frank, 61; 

Susan, 61, 118 
Schonefeldt: Kenneth, 151; Lynn, 

151, 200 
Schrimpf: Barbara, 200; Jesse, 200 
Schroeder: Paul, 180; Tammy, 180 
Schultz, William, 31 
Schuppel, Shari, 177 
Scianna: Frank, 179; Michelle* 179; 

Sherry, 179; Thomas, 179 
Sciano, Angeline, 167 
Secor: Daniel, 141; Donald, 141; 

Lorrie, 141; Walter, 141 
Seely, Nancy, 140 
Seidel, Frances, 47 
Servis, Frances, 62 
Shadbolt, Beverly, 112 
Shary, Frank, 166 
Shaughnessy: Robert, 142; Robert, 

Jr., 142 
Shimon, William, 118 



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Sikorski, Patricia, 168 

Simpson, Margaret, 93 

Sloat: Allison, 191; Alsace H., 79, 

142; Alsace L., 143; David, 142, 

192; Donald, 142, 191; Earl, 79, 

143; Floyd, 143; Floyd R., 79, 

142; George, 143; George R., 78; 

Hatty, 143; Lorraine, 79, 142; 

Melissa, 191; Robert, 142, 191 
Smith: Irene, 180; Warren, 67 
Snyder, Vickie, 201 
Sobie, Cindy, 203 
Somolik: Allen, 179; Byron, 179; 

Glen, 179 
Sorenson: Donna, 66, 127; LeRoy, 

66 
Spina: Daniel, 187; Daniel III, 187 
Spitzer, James, 194 
Sprenger: Christine, 158; James, 

158; Jeffrey, 158; Mark, 158 
Stahl: David, 131; Elizabeth, 131 

Maurice, 131 
Stanley: Georgie, 96, 167; Joan 

96, 167; Marvin, 96; Marvin, Jr. 

96, 168 
Stapert: Duane, 133; Jason, 133 

Joseph, 133 
Stegenga: Deborah, 143, 193 

Timothy, 143; Victor, 143 
Stem, LeRoy, 102 
Stern, Emma, 39 
Strahan: Gordon, 89; Kathleen, 160; 

Patricia, 160; William, 89, 159 
Stuckle, Elfrieda, 217 
Stuebs, Lois, 170 
Swenson: Dale, 67, 128; Mary, 67, 

128; Warren, 67 

Tasa, Janet, 75 
Taylor, Ilene, 152 
Tewes, Carol, 192 
Thalke, Joyce, 122 
Thibaudeau, Ralph, 92 



Thurow; Carl, 100, 174; Carl, Jr., 
174; Chad, 174; Charlotte, 174; 
Clara, 49, 99; Elsie, 100; Emma, 
49, 99; Henry, 50, 100; Ida, 49, 
99; John, 100, 173; John, Jr., 
173; Laura, 173; Marie, 50, 99; 
Martha, 49; William A., 49; 
William R., 100 

Tischer, Esther, 96 

Toelke: Amanda, 205; Duane, 205; 
Melissa, 205 

Toepfer: Joan, 88, 156; Lorraine, 
88, 157; Phyllis, 88, 157; 
Raymond, 87 

Troftgruben: Arnold, 130; Dana, 
130 

Trudeau, Cheryl, 183 

Tucker, John, 119 

Turbyfill, Jim, 193 

Uhlig: Clemenz. 51; Elsie, 48 
Utech, Carl, 216 

Vagliano, Rose, 177 
Vanderheiden, Jean, 204 
VanderHeyden, Sandra, 195 
Veldhuizen: Carl, 197; Gesbert, 
148; Gesbert L, 148, 197; Kevin, 
148, 198, Kirk, 148; Melodie. 197: 
Randolph, 148; 197; Tammy, 198; 
Traci, 198 
Verhulst, Arlynn, 100 
Vincent, Phillip, 137 

Walden, Sally, 202 

Wallace, Sybil, 160 

Warner: Allen, 125; Barbara, 125 
Claude, 63; Diane, 125, 187 
Donald, 63, 125; Esther, 63, 125 
Gregory, 125; Judith, 125, 186 
June, 125; Kerie, 125; Larry, 187 
Oliver, 63, 125; Randie, 187 
Robbie, 125; Robert, 125, 186 



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Wasion: Donald, 180; Douglas, 180; 

Kevin, 180; Michael, 180 
Weber, Jean, 176 
Weeks, Lois, 137 
Wegman, Mary, 126 
Wegner, Christine, 8, 22 
Weir, Olive, 94 
Wellsandt, Sherrill, 112 
Werner, Erich, 217 
Wheeler: Frank, 119; Mark, 119 
Whitesides, Barry, 130 
Widowit, Adolph, 167 
Wilcox: Karma, 116; Marshall, 116; 

Warren, 116 
Wittenberg: John A., 169; John, Jr., 

169 
Woldt, Johan, 15 



Woodard, Joyce, 174 
Wudke, Meta, 41 
Wyatt, Paul, 132 

Young: Christopher, 188; Jennifer, 
188; Matthew, 188; Robert III, 
188 

Yung, Hulda, 51 

Zahn: Cinda, 159, 203; Harvey, 91; 

Jay, 162, 204; Lorraine, 146; 

Louis, 92, 162; Raymond, 159 
Zak: David, 119; Sarah, 119; Victor, 

119 
Zandra, Delores, 109 
Ziemer, Karoline, 210 
Zingler: Chad, 196; Matthew, 196; 

Robert, 196; Troy, 196 



About the Authors 

Frank R. Griepp, Jr., was born in 1913, 
one hundred years after the birth of 
Wilhelmine Mueller Griep, the progenitor 
of the American branch of the Griepp 
family. He was graduated fror North 
Central Bible College, in Mi' leapolis, 
and earned his B.A. degree i' history at 
the University of California at Berkeley. 
After his ordination as an Assemblies 
of God minister in 1936, he pastored 
churches in Minnesota until, in 1944, he 
joined the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps. His 
service in Korea during the war there 
earned him a Bronze Star with V for 
valor. Colonel Griepp left active duty in 
1957 but remained in the Army Reserves 
until his retirement in 1973. 



Muriel H. Griepp, a native of Minneapolis, 
married Frank in 1936, the year of his 
ordination. As a chaplain's wife, she 
accompanied her husband on his tours 
of duty in Mississippi, Hawaii, Virginia, 
Maryland, Washington, D.C., Germany, 
and California. A direct descendant, 
eleventh in line, of Richard Hawes, who 
emigrated to Massachusetts from England 
in 1635, she shares her husband's interest 
in genealogy. In 1961, Mrs. Griepp joined 
the U.S. Postal Department, where she 
remained until her retirement as a per- 
sonnel department supervisor in 1976. 

The Griepps make their home in Rancho 
Palos Verdes, California. They have three 
children and one grandchild. 







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